We’ve had a beautiful busy season and the bees have provided us with a bountiful supply of honey. Sweet! Our good friends, Jim and Sally, are selling our honey at their farm, IMBY at MistyHollow in Westtown, PA (Chester County). Their address is here. Treat yourself to a visit! They sell their delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables that they grow without the use of chemical sprays, pesticides, or herbicides. You might, also, fill your shopping bag with fresh organic eggs from their hens and tempting specialty items created in their kitchen. Just look out for their sign on Street Road in Westtown.
You may not live near Westtown and, instead, live closer to the Cochranville/Oxford area in Southern Chester County. If so; please, use our contact page. We respond to messages quickly and we’ll see what we can do to supply you with some of the sweet stuff!
I was very pleased to see this green lacewing on the coneflowers while I was photographing honey bees. Lacewings are a beneficial insect in a garden and as beautiful as any flower! This one was, most likely, feeding from the nectar of the flower along with the honey bees. It is the larvae of the lacewing that eats up soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars in the garden. They will, also, eat the larvae of other insects. To attract lacewings, you might want to plant (or allow to grow) flowers in the Asteraceae family such as sunflowers, dandelion, and cosmos and the Apiaceae family such as dill and angelica.
Just a quick note on a new find.
In the periphery of my attention, they looked like dead blossoms. But, wait…that makes no sense. Big dead blossoms on my gooseberries? On my fruit trees? On my witch hazel? Only recently, did I investigate what appeared to be a cocoon of some kind. Sure enough it is the, nicely camouflaged, home of Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, the bagworm. Here is a brief but very informative page about the insect from Penn State Extension. I removed the, very firmly attached, bagworm cases as the insect can be destructive to the plant.