Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wet June Brings Insects

June has brought out insects of all kinds in GriggsDakota. I am not going to dignify those ugly black flies or pesky mosquitos by taking their pictures. I know, you know. I was out by the river and was nearly taken up and carried off by the black clouds of hungry skeeters. I hate repellant, but I'm not a fool, at least not about that.
As I pulled to a stop on the edge of a GriggsDakota field, I noticed several dragon flies hovering around.
I think of these as old fashioned dragon flies, because they are the first insects that I remember noticing as a child. Their electric blue color still seems naturally impossible to me, a joyful reminder of the infinite variety found in the world.
I soon discovered that the old fence line on the edge of the field was in fact a giant ant hill filled with busy black ants.
I wondered if dragon flies eat ant eggs or even the ants themselves. After a bit of research I learned that hydration is more important for the insects than food which may have explained why they were hovering in the long wet grass. They do, however eat mosquitoes and I assume that a hungry dragon fly might eat an ant rather than starve. 
I heard vehicles pull up behind me. It was honey farmers that were placing their hives on our GriggsDakota land. 
These hives will be tended here through the summer months where the bees enjoy the shelter of the trees and the close proximity to fields of blooming crops. It felt good to remember that not all insects are pests. Some are beautiful and some make honey.

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