It has been an exceptionally warm and dry summer this year so instead of perpetual watering, I have allowed the veggie-beds’ soil to “bake” itself and hopefully kill some destructive nematodes.
But yesterday it rained … actually it poured!
By sunset, it brought out the bugs and the bug guzzlers (whom I treasure). I have found frog-watching to be a fascinating pastime.
Ventral image of Froggy
Has anyone spent time just watching how these carnivorous amphibious pest controllers work?
Early this morning, I set eyes on the tiniest frog I’ve ever seen in the garden. Its eyes followed me but I guess amphibious instinct knew I would do it no harm.
the teeny weeny one
There it sat on the olive leaf (not the Olive Branch) so I guess the symbolism or omen does not apply. Stayed very calm all the while, as I clicked my camera, and as it waited for a micro-bug to come its way.
stayed calm and cozy on olive leaf
Quite a pretty little thing it is …
Does anyone know how to evict a Frog? He’s my pest controller and I do welcome his presence around the garden but my Papaya is ripe for plucking.
He’s been there for a week and each day he looks like he’s making himself more and more comfortable. Do I sacrifice the fruit for the frog or do I evict the frog from the fruit? Update: I know it’s crazy but I just want to show why it’s so hard to ‘shoo’ him away. Look at those sad eyes …
8.30pm Update: The sun has set, it’s twilight and raining lightly. Froggy is awake and alert, preparing to go on his insect hunt, *sigh* but he is still sitting on my ripe papaya!!
Not all Necks are Created Equal.
Ever seen the underside of a frog’s neck? I sat right under 1, having a beer, while he was waiting for his dinner. They’re out and about in the evenings, ready to eat and help me clean up my garden of all those nuisance pests.
I love those cute little creatures but I don’t think I’d like to have a spotty neck like that.
Peeping Frogs Live Here.
This smart creature knows where to stay cool in the heat of the day, semi-dipped in clean, untreated rain water while getting shaded from mid-day sun
and we think us human female beings are the only ones to pamper ourselves. She probably had room service – mosquito eggs, sunny-side up – for breakfast too.
Common Living Quarters