I was out picking some prickly lettuce for the geese this evening (it's their FAVORITE snack!) and came across a few (5 to be exact) juvenile wheelie bugs! I went inside, grabbed my camera and macro lens, and headed back outside with a bug jar.
These bugs are about a quarter their soon to be adult size. Wheelie bugs (aka assassin bugs) are GREAT bugs to have in the garden! They are a predator insect and instead of eating plants, they dine on bugs that do! Like soft bodied caterpillars and beetles. After I snapped a few photos, I carefully plunked 5 bugs into my bug jar and scooted out to the garden and set them free.
And you know what!? It's almost FRIDAY! Yippeee!!