Category Archives: Wild Critters
Something has been sampling my jalapenos but I didn’t spot the caterpillar responsible till yesterday. I first thought it was new new one because I had never seen one with those white things.Next to the jalapeno is an ornamental pepper – a “Black Pearl”. It has a visitor with the same white things. A quick search online resolved the mystery, the caterpillars are the familiar hornworms with cocoons of a parasitic wasp.
Saw this gal on the hummers’ favorite feeder the other day and nudged her off. She came back to it yesterday.I’ve seen them on there before. I took a few pictures of this one a couple of years ago and didn’t think any more about it until someone mentioned that they have actually captured and eaten hummers. That kind of freaked me out.So I flipped her off of the feeder again. Remarkable how much grip they get on plastic and glass. I wish I had waited a little – there was a wasp just the other side that I didn’t notice until the mantis was on the ground. You can just make out the tips of the wasp’s wings in this photo. Click on the photo to for larger size.
We sat and watched the take from the various trail camera we have out and we were surprised to see so many coyotes. First we saw the pair flash by close to one camera and then the pack running past a second. Both of those camera are in what we consider to be our back yard. That’s why Mrs J brings the kittehs in every night. The videos were both from last night, the still was the night before.
“Please, sir, I want some more.” Any hungry pup could as well be an Oliver.I saw a chef on one of the TV food shows do fried chicken entirely in the oven, she poured canola oil into a suitable pan about an inch deep and slid it carefully into a 350 oven. I confess I wasn’t paying good attention, she may have preheated the oil on the stove. Anyway, I let it heat up until the oil was about 350 and then placed the floured chicken (very carefully!) into the hot oil and closed the oven door. At the 15 minute mark turn the chicken over and give it another 15 minutes. I used bone-in thighs and they were done after 30 minutes.
Sammich pr0n!This critter caught my eye the other day. I managed to ID is as a Salt Marsh Moth fairly quickly. It was just sitting there on the walk in front of the garage. It was a new one to me as best as I can remember.Moar Gabe! Mrs J threw a watermelon rind out for the critters. Gabe checked it out and sampled some.The steak was great, as were the rosemary baked potato wedges, but the broccoli was almost too old to eat. I wish I had left it off for the photo.Three salads in this photo. I grilled the chicken and the corn in the big gas grill, nearly burned up the chicken when I turned the gas knob to high instead of off. Caught it in time to save the meat but the skin was charcoaled.Those steaks were so big both of us had some leftover, just enough for a nice pot of soup the next day.