A couple of weeks ago I was pulling weeds and got stung by an insect, the crazy thing was I didn't know what stung me. I thought I got bit by a spider, but I never saw bite marks, though the tip of my finger did swell up to the point it hurt to touch it. I was freaking out, because I have never been bit by a spider and felt like I was going to die! The pain of the sting was so painful that I felt like I was going to pass out. I went to the Dr. on campus, they prescribed me to take allergy medicine and gave me some steroids. Yes, you can laugh, but I am alright and my finger is functioning perfectly fine now! A couple days after the sting, I could see just one sting mark, so I believe it is from a wasp that was just walking around the Edamame bushes that saw my hand, and was like no not today and took it out on my poor finger. Its quite odd, but my finger still has a little bump from it.
There are also other creatures in this farm, that I am not afraid of, other than that wasp. Some of these creatures are: butterflies, bees, worms, weird looking insects that I don't know the name of. So I decided to go around the farm take some pictures of these creatures, and try to identify them and why they landed up here.
Is storming up our farm, there are so many, because right now they are migrating and fleeing from Canada to Mexico due to the cold, to stay for winter hibernation. We have a mini TX rainforest and a flower garden were they like hanging out. In the TX rainforest we have Milkweed, which they can't survive without. That is where their caterpillars eat, and lay their eggs. But Milkweed is becoming less and less available due to shifting in land and management landscapes. I don't know how long the monarchs will be here, but sadly they will move again closer to Mexico, when it gets colder here in college station.
Its crazy how many ladybugs there are on this farm, I have countless ladybug stories to tell. The other day one crawled over my aggie ring, and then one was mating which was so bizarre. But what I thought was so cool was discovering what they looked like before they turned into ladybugs.
The picture(top left) is of a larva. Fun fact is after the ladybug eggs hatch they turn into larva and start feeding right away. I always see those weird dinosaur spiky looking insects around the farm and find it crazy that they are actually ladybugs. I thought that ladybugs just hatched like a ladybug and lived life happily, but logically that does not make sense.
The second picture to the left is the Pupa stage, where the larva is going into metamorphosis into a ladybug. I actually almost brought that bug with me home just to watch it grow, but I did not want to carry around a leaf with a bug on it.
They are pretty cool! This one I got a picture of was flying around the Asparagus plant collecting pollen on its back legs enjoying life. Some collect so much pollen that it is hard for them to fly. But they are called carpenter bees, because they like to dig through wood and nest.
Even though these bees seem scary, they are more calm and less social than honey bees. The males do not have a stinger and are harmless, but the females have stingers which they will use if they feel threatened. Also they are not as fury and more shinny.
This is by far one of the most prettiest grasshoppers I have seen. I am so use to seeing green grasshoppers. I tried searching for this type of grasshopper, but could not find anything online. Overall, grasshoppers are pretty to look at but can cause a lot of damage to the farm, because they like to eat our crops.
It was fun researching these creepy crawlies! It has made me appreciate more about our little pests, because they are all apart of the circle of life, either they help or hurt the farm(or people), but they are good for something.
I’m a Nutrition major from Texas A&M, graduating in December. I’m a spunky, fun, and bubbly gal who spontaneously try’s new things. Throughout my college career I was involved in: starting up a fitness club, interned for a Nationally recognized Registered Dietitian, a Congressman in D.C., and now a local farm. I also currently make food for our Astronauts, and have joined the Texas A&M Sports Car, Water Skiing, and Polo clubs just to name a few.