Crazy About Birds

By Kimb

Wood Roach

I know the ick factor is a bit high with this one, but today hasn't been much of a photographic day. I found this roach, which I believe to be a female because she doesn't have wings, under a chunk of wood that was sitting on top of one of the two stone *benches* in front of the house. I was going to move the chunk of wood, since it's not serving any purpose there, but then it turned out there was a nest of tiny ants under and in it, plus this roach. So I took her photo and lowered the wood carefully back down in what I hope was the same footprint. I chose her as my blip today rather than the wolf spider I found in a different spot - again while tidying up a bit outside - because she's colorful and shiny. And when I say "tidying" I refer to moving stuff like sawhorses and random stuff left by The Husband after jobs have been finished, not cutting down dead plants. Those get left where they are all winter, along with leaf litter etc, for the birds and insects. A messy garden is a good garden! But - The Husband's follow-through after completing a task often doesn't extend to the clearing up part.

I'm not sure what's going on at the tail end of this roach... Heck, for all I know, she's been squashed! I wasn't actually going to touch her.

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