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Linking To The Future

Updated on May 25, 2015

What Links You to the Future?

I know insects are creepy and have an eekkKK! factor to them ~ well, some do! You have to admit some insects do look kind of cute, like my grasshopper friend here, found in my garden early one morning.

Besides a cute guy, what do you see?

All photos by me ~ Bev Lemley ~ All rights reserved

Still Growin'

Now I'll admit, I don't know exactly how grasshoppers benefit mankind besides being cute ~ they seem to enjoy lounging around on the flowers and leaves, not really doing much of anything! But they're usually nice and fat ~ another way of saying they are a delicious meal for other insects and birds. And anytime you have healthy snackin' going on, your food links are working pretty well.

Since I enjoy organic gardening, I reap many benefits from the joys of a healthy food chain ~ I see it as links to our future! So bottom line? No insects, no corn in your tank or in your belly

eeKKK!! - No, wait! He's actually a friend!

Now, I will admit some insects are not so cool ~ and probably should make us cringe and hide ~ or stomp. Sad but true, Insects can cause crop damage and economic losses. But could it partly be to blame because the food chain's out of balance ~ that is, pesticides brought down the number of preditors that would have kept that insect in check ~ and insects catch the blame! Go figure!

The Dirt on Dust

Harmful pesticide dusts are carried back to the hive and can wipe out huge populations of bees ~ hey! Without bees or other pollinators, there are no crops! Which means no corn in your belly or tank! Reap big benefits by developing healthy food chain links!

What do you think is outside? - Do you worry?

Given that our neighbors can be spraying at any time for anything, be it weeds or bugs, we should realize that the entire environment is affected. The birds that come into your yard could have just left someone's yard that has recently sprayed ~ I wonder how this affects the birds. The drift from spray we can't see settles in your yard, quite possibly, so even if you don't spray, your yard could be affected. I certainly realize I can only do my little part in this big world to keep the chemicals down to keep from harming the wildlife.

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No need to point ~ ouch! ~ that insects' natural defense mechanisms can cause serious allergic reactions. My thoughts are with those that have been subjected to painful bites and stings ~ it certainly is an awful truth about insects. But overuse of pesticides is harmful, too!

Wouldn't you say that our future is much better if we will learn how to incorporate insects in beneficial ways and how to control them through natural links in food chains ~ or ~ do you feel it is essential we continue the use of pesticides and chemicals in order to control insects, even at the cost of eliminating beneficial insects, which essentially sets up a vicious cycle!

So our choices are a healthy food chain, links to the future ~ or ~ an unbalanced cycle that is like a wobbly wheel, bound to fall off!

Check here for a wonderful listing of beneficial insects and a host of other Green and environmentally safer ideas, visit EarthEasy and discovery a proven way to sustain our resources.

The Food Chain ~ Healthy Links to our Future! - Who wins? We all do!

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When carefully left untouched ~ which is surprisingly easy to do ~ nature can sure take care of things just fine.

There's usually the right amount of predators to keep things in a healthy balance. A bonus is the interesting array of insects and birds that will come around to be a part of this natural habitat. Like to take photographs? Nature's bounty at your backdoor!

P.S. I hope you like the pictures ~ they were taken in my backyard!

Natural Way to Rid Your Yard of Fire Ants!

Here is a sure fire way get rid of fire ants: Boiling water (well, you know, straight from the stovetop, boiling at one point, anyway) with a squirt of dish soap ~ I use a natural dishsoap, as well. Here is how I successfully rid my garden of fire ants:

I had four mounds to get rid of, one of them was really big, and another pretty good size, and two a bit smaller. The ants were virtually inactive with the cooler weather, around 50 degrees, so that probably helped.

I decided to tackle the biggest mound first. I boiled one pot of water, about 1.5 quarts, put a good squirt of dishsoap in it, turned off the stove, put a lid on the pot, put the pot on a potholder, and went carefully to the garden, trying not to slosh it out. I carefully poured it on the mound, and as soon as the center column opened up, I poured it directly in that opening. I repeated that procedure with a second pot, pouring in the column. The next pot, I poured it all around the top of the mound, trying to get the soapy water on all the chambers circling around the column. The fourth pot, I just poured the near boiling water all over. Interestingly enough, after the second pot, the column was full of bubbles and water.

The day after my natural remedy, the column was full of dead ants and larvae, with two or three ants milling about. I couldn't treat that day, so I had to come back the next day. Eureka! No more ants to be seen, and no poisons in my garden or in my neighbor's well, or heading off downstream to the fish or for the birds to pick up and die from. Thank Heavens! I did not want to see my organic efforts go by the wayside, even though the threat of the fire ants almost had me putting out chemicals. Thanks to my neighbor for his great suggestion to try this remedy!

This natural method rid my yard of all four fire ant mounds ~ the other three, which were far less in size, only took two or three pots.

West Nile Virus... - The use of pesticides....and what you can do...


Even with the threat of West Nile virus, it is still my personal belief that no pesticides or herbicides is ultimately the best way to be...More dragonflies for the mosquitoes! I am greatly concerned about the epidemic of West Nile virus. This is a no win! More pesticides will cause more harm, and more mosquitoes, will, too. What is humanity to do? I know that nature's balance is birds and dragonflies, damselflies and a host of other things to eat not only the mosquitoes, but flies and other "nasty" type bugs. The good bugs and birds are hurt by the pesticides, as well as perhaps, ironically, humans, whom the pesticides are meant to protect ~ vicious cycle!

I am not even considering spraying anything for mosquitoes, but will try to eliminate any stagnant water ~ it only takes a day for the breeding to get started. So any amount of delay in changing bird baths is not good. Flower pots that have a bottom that hold water are dangerous, too. Yes, that's right, dangerous for the spread of disease, as they frequently go unchanged or attended for many days, and the water gets warm. Warm water is definitely where the breeding gets started. So humans need to start helping to take care of the problem instead of reaching for a can of chemicals or waiting for spray from a plane overhead.

And check those rain barrels, perhaps the lids are holding water ~ if you see squirming larvae in the barrel or on the lid, you have mosquitoes about to hatch!

Make sure your birdbaths are in a good spot to dry up the water that is poured out. A sunny spot with good drainage will help keep the mosquitoes from breeding. I've recently moved my birdbath to remedy this ~ and not a moment too soon!

Read more organic ways to control mosquitoes and other insects at Insects in the Garden.

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Please add places we may not even have thought about that can hold water to allow mosquitoes to breed and hatch ~ it only takes a few days...

Add to the list! Where are mosquitoe breeding grounds... - ...around a house?

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thank you, Linda ~ as always, you are so supportive, and that means everything! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I just stopped by again to see your friendly little insects. You have such a talent. I love your photographs. The little guys look so cute.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I just stopped by again to see your friendly little insects. You have such a talent. I love your photographs. The little guys look so cute.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: I have seen the black widow in a blue bird box that hadn't been used for awhile ~ now that's an EeeEEEKKK! Thanks for stopping by, again, Tipi! And Merry Christmas to you! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @BLemley: I would freak if I saw a Black Widow Spider, glad we don't have them in ND.

      You are welcome for the old tires tip. - Happy Holidays.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Yep, I know what you mean! And the neighbors want to control everything around them, so they don't mind blasting everything that grows or moves, with chemicals. Too bad it's bound to have negative recourse somewhere, even for those that do NOT kill ever critter or weed, that happens to live next door. Thanks for your thoughts, Linda ~ and thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      We live in a community so they are going to do what they want unless everyone gets together on this to change things.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thanks for adding this to the list, Tipi! We should get those old tires where they can be resused somehow ~ I hadn't thought of that ~ great suggestion and reminder! Now that I think about it, the Black Widow spider loves the old tires, that is, dark, and close to the ground, too, I suppose, if it hasn't been collecting water. So if you pick them up, be sure to have a flashlight to have a look, and WEAR gloves! Thanks, Tipi! B : )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Old tires can be a great breading ground for mosquitoes, they hold water well and provide a nice warm place for breeding mosquitoes.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Country-Sunshine: Great! Thinking like that, looking for little places where water can collect, even, will make a difference! Let's put a dent in the 'squitoo population! Thanks for your helpful tip here! B : )

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      I have tarps over my firewood, and water seems to collect there. I make certain now to check them every day, and empty them when necessary.

    KIDS LINKING TO THEIR FUTURE - Tender Green Sprouts

    Tomorrow starts with today! Raffi has been loved for a generation for showing kids how to take care of our world. Kids of all ages find it easy to take on the challenge to be a link to their future.

    For viewing, check out Raffi on YouTube!

    BUGS ARE COOL! - So is a successful food chain!

    I hope you're at least curious about the idea of allowing nature to set up a successful food chain in your home environment. If all it took for success was to stop using chemicals, would you be interested?

    If you were told you can have a successful food chain in your yard, would you be interested?

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    My Point! - Nature takes care of itself!

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    Just like this little bee and crab spider, nature can take care of itself just fine. Dragonflies, martins, bats, and birds are wonderful bug zappers for mosquitoes and other pesky flying things; birds will snack on spiders, damaging caterpillers ~ okay, good ones, as well, but that's nature ~ and even ticks!; lady bugs will clean up all the aphids you can see and probably the eggs you can't see; a can of worms will help till and enrich the soil; spiders ~ think Charlotte ~ will help catch insects in general ~ and weave a very interesting web!; frogs and lizards eat water bugs and ants ~ yes, eekkKK! Good for them and good for us! These are just a few examples of how powerful nature's ecological systems are. Even if proven safe, chemicals can unbalance nature by eradicating necessary food for the upper links and eliminating preditors in the down links.

    I hope this rattles your chain a bit and makes you reconsider using chemicals. At least for some of the time. You will be helping to save Nature and also a bit of your wallet and time!

    I agree! - Butterflies ARE prettier...

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    ...than insects! Especially on beautiful flowers! But it takes the cute insects to help make the beautiful flowers and the more beautiful insects ~ maybe that's what makes the cute ones cute?! It is amazing how everything interplays in the world. And it even starts with things uglier than a bug...now I do have a picture of a really neat earthworm...but I'll spare you ~ for now!

    To Help Us Turn Green! - A Tip!

    If you see little specks along the joints of your flowers, it could be aphids. Don't dispare! Think LADYBUGS AND PRAYING MANTIS! These little hungry giants will clean up a garden in no time, of all the aphids and then some. Some garden centers carry cartons of lady bugs and praying mantis egg cases. Let the lady bugs go at night, since they don't fly at night. They will spend the next several weeks looking for and helping to rid your garden of aphids ~ and you will enjoy a lovely garden, with a healthy link carrying on!

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        Takkhis 4 years ago

        I like nature, great photos!

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        Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

        Very interesting to read.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        As an interesting read, I recommend it to my lenses.

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        Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

        A very clear prediction of what will happen to our world if all these continue happening on a day to day basis. Fantastic lens with an important lens.

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        Terry Lomax 4 years ago from Rep. of Ireland

        great lens, fantastic photos, the domain of the creepies is truly another world.

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        siobhanryan 4 years ago

        Great lens Blessed

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        This is love and I love how you chose to express caring for the little ones that really means caring for us with such insight and wisdom that invites others to come along and join you. Kind of reminds me of that Neil Song...Ain't it right, ain't it right, ain't it right! Your picture are absolutely gorgeous and that's a fly eating smile on that spider's face if I ever saw one. Perfect and blessed, congratulations on your purple star!

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        Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

        Wonderful lens, gorgeous photos!

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        bwet 4 years ago

        awesome lens! very creative way of explaning your points. your photos are excellent too! perfectly timed

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        lbuben 4 years ago

        Very nicely done with beautiful photos - really liked this lens!

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        Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

        SquidAngel blessings. An especially worthy topic for a Purple Star lens.

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        Coffeebreak9am 4 years ago

        Great lens! Your pictures are wonderful and your point is well taken. I think we are using chemicals irresponsibly.

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        Eleanor Candy 4 years ago from Australia

        Very nice lens with beautiful photos

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        Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

        Great photos by the way!

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        Michelle 4 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

        Very nicely done. I'm not big on bugs but, I've got to hand it to you, you made your case really well!

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        Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @Titia: I suppose controlling insects through chemicals is necessary ~ I mean, the authorities that spray for mosquitoes know best, right? But it's ironic that it can cause problems for humans, though that's what they're trying to protect ~ it doesn't add up, in that regard. As far as mosquitoes, keeping down standing water everywhere we can ~ check those rain barrels! is a step we can take without chemicals ~ or do you have to put mosquito dunk tablets in the rain barrel too?! Yikes! Thanks for stopping by, Titia! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @LiteraryMind: It helps to keep me out of trouble, chasing bugs ~!~ Thank you! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @blue22d: Thank you for stopping by! Thank you! B : )

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        blue22d 4 years ago

        Beautiful lens...lovely pictures. Congrats on your new purple star!

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        Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. It must have taken a lot of ingenuity and talent to get up close to these bugs.

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        Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        We need to be reminded often. We use so many chemicals with no regard for the future. In fact, the future is now as the impact of what we've done is causing havoc to our environment.

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        Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        WOW, wonderful photos you made and you're so right, there's too much chemical going around in this world.

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @Rosaquid: Thank you, Rosaquid! I appreciate your visit ~ and thank you for your lovely lens, A Garden Haven for Beneficial Insects (see below)! Here's to those that love going TRUE GREEN! Thank you for your visit!

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        Rosaquid 5 years ago

        Great photos! Thanks for all the hard work to bring us this beautiful lens!

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @MelonyVaughan: Thank you for your visit! I still remember your Swarvorski beauties and I am going to have to read your lens on how to dress like a lady! I need that! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @LittleLindaPinda: Thank you, Linda! You're very kind! Thank you for the visit and I am still thinking about those sandals you recommend! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @SteveKaye: Thank you so much for your visit, Steve! I appreciate your great comments! I love your bird and nature photos, so keep up the good work! B : )

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        SteveKaye 5 years ago

        Your photos are fantastic. Bugs are very difficult to photograph, even more so than birds because bugs are smaller. Thank you for publishing this lens. I really enjoyed it.

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        Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

        You even make insects really pretty. I know I always say this but I just love your photographs. The details, color and depth are gorgeous. I look forward to you.

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        MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

        A very inspirational lens. Thanks for sharing!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        fyi - *blessed by a squid angel*

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Outdoors is something we'll doing doing this Easter Sunday as we'll be away from home, enjoying the family and the religious activities in the area along with time outdoors.

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @goo2eyes lm: Thank you so much for your great encouragement! I really appreciate your visit! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @CoolFoto: Thank you so much for your kind words and for the blessing! Thank you for the visit and encouragement! B : )

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        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        great photos and great presentation.

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        CoolFoto 5 years ago

        Good food for thought in this lens. Love your pictures. Keep up the good work! Blessed by a Travel angel.

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @flycatcherrr: Thank you so much! Thumbs up is great encouragement to me ~ thank you for your really nice comments, too! I'm glad you like the photos ~ nature is surely wonderful and it's great to find others that love its beauty, too! Thank you! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @kathysart: Thank you so much, Kathy! I appreciate your comments ~ I'm so glad you like the lense! That means a lot and is great encouragement ~ thank you! B : )

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        flycatcherrr 5 years ago

        Your photographs are just incredible! Thumbs up for sure! :)

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        kathysart 5 years ago

        BEAUTIFUL lens with such wonderful appreciation of life. THUMBS UP!

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @OhMe: Thank you so much for your kind comment! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @sheilamarie78: Thank you so much for your nice comments! I really appreciate that! B : )

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        @Serj: Okay! I can appreciate that perspective! It does take a stretch of the imagination. And I will agree with you on butterflies ~ they're great pollinators, too! Thank you for your kind thoughts! B : )

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        Serj 5 years ago

        I agree that insects are vital to our very existence, but cute? I can't says so, not even that grasshopper, now I will give beautiful to some species of butterfly

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        sheilamarie78 5 years ago

        Insects really are interesting creatures! Nice Zazzle products!

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        Love your nature photography

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      Maybe the idea of allowing the environment to prove it can take care of itself is new to you ~ maybe the thought of letting dragonflies help control mosquitoes hasn't topped your priority list for a healthier tomorrow. After all, the mosquitoes have to go NOW!

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