13 Beasties in our Garden!

by Deb on April 15, 2010

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  1. Yeperenye Caterpillar – The caterpillar of the hawkmoth, Yeperenye is an Aboriginal Dreaming spirit in central Australia.  He carved part of the landscape during his travels.
  2. Gecko – They hang on the outside of the flywire doors and catch moths blundering towards our lights.
  3. Orb Spider – They make the most perfect webs and sit in the middle like a cross.
  4. Grasshoppers – Several different sorts, bright green and yellow.  A few years ago we had a plague so bad you had to keep a scourer in the car and clean your windscreen so you could see.  One landed on the little girl’s leg about 8 weeks ago and she still tells us about it every time she sees one, she won’t even walk past a dead one without getting hysterical.  The joys of an almost 2 year old.
  5. Mice – Not nice but almost inevitable where we are.
  6. Ants – Several different types are making our backyard almost uninhabitable, it happens every years and we just have to endure them.  We’ve followed the trails all the way down the street and round the corner, they come from miles away!

  7. The big girl had a clever idea to protect herself – rubber gloves on her feet 😀

  8. Crickets – These seem to be inside, lots and lots of nymphs.  I have no idea where the other stages of the life cycle are or where they all come from, but they are throughout the house.
  9. Cockroaches – Not the little black slimy ones, big brown bush cockroaches.  They’re about 5cm long and live outside, just coming in to terrify us.
  10. Butterflies – All sorts!
  11. Lady birds – Who doesn’t like ladybirds?
  12. Praying Mantis – We usually get these little green ones, but we got an enormous brown one a little while ago.  It would have been about 15cm long.  And of course it fell off the door onto the baby girl!  The good thing about it being so big was we could see it flying for quite a way.
  13. Click beetles – The long thin ones, they get stuck on their backs then jump up and flip over with a click.  Hours of entertainment!
  14. Daddy-Long Legs – I’ve never seen them so big as when I moved to the goldfields.  There aren’t so many here, but in other places we’ve lived vacuuming the ceiling was a regular household chore.

What sort of beasties do you get?  Do you spend time looking for them?

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Mary Quast April 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Living in the woods in Michigan… other than 17 different species of mosquitoes…we often play with the fireflies, hunt for crickets, attempt to catch butterflies, and chase dragonflies. We have several “bug catchers” to hold a beastie while we examine it before letting it continue on it’s journey.

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Deb April 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

I’ve always wanted to see fireflies, we don’t get them in Australia.

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Nicholas April 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

In Florida, some people refer to those big brown cockroaches as Potato Bugs, maybe to make them seem less scary!

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Hootin' Anni April 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Ohhhhhhhhh, that reminds me….I need to get something ready for our invasion of Fire Ants….we always get them in the summer. Not fun, not fun at all.

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Deb April 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

You make me feel grateful – our garden is covered in ants, but that’s nowhere near as bad as fireants.

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CountryDew April 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Right now we are inundated with stink bugs. This is the first time we’ve ever had these things. We also sometimes get little red mites in early spring though this year we seem to have been spared those.

I love the picture of the little one with the gloves on the feet!
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Deb April 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

She was so pleased with herself 😀 We’ve been trying to find ways of going outside without being eaten and she thought it was a brilliant idea!

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Janet April 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

that caterpillar is amazing looking!

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Deb April 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

We’ve had a few as big as a finger, you can really see why it’s a Dreaming spirit – definitely not ordinary.

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Adelle Laudan April 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

OMG I’d have nightmares knowing some of those critters were nearby lol
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Heather April 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Aside from 9 and 10, this post makes me glad I don’t have a garden, lol.
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Harriet April 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm

We HAD baby rabbits in our yard until a few days ago when my dogs found the nest. Drives me crazy.

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Maria April 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

We get a few of the same critters that you do in our garden. We also get little garter snakes.
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Deb April 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

We get some snakes, but we don’t know if they’re pythons or dangerous so we have to play it safe. I love snakes, one day I’m going to get one as a pet.

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Kristine April 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Ahh that’s the caterpillar from your header. Have you heard of the hatapillar. He supposibly is found on WA’s tuart trees. I’d love to find one. Once they outgrow their skin they bundle it up and put it on the head. As they grow the stack of old skin hats grows until they have a tower of hats on their head. Here i just googled it for you http://holophusicon.blogspot.com/2008/05/better-know-insect-mad-hatterpillar.html

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Charndra from My Green Nappy March 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

We get milipedes, slater bugs (which were called ‘curlies’ in Canberra) and the worst is the earwigs (also called ‘nippers’) I am scared of them as I heard their bite is very painful!

Occasionally we see ‘Billipedes’ – our name for this multi-legged creature that shows up now and then. No idea what it is really. Soft legs, long legs, lots of them!

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Antonia West via Facebook July 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I don’t know if it’s weird to have a favourite sort of caterpillar, but this is mine. However I didn’t know it was called a Yeperenye. That sounds so much better than “Fat spiky tailed caterpillar with the fake eyes”! I always get really excited when I find one – much to my kids’ amusement! Thank you for teaching me its real name.

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Science@home via Facebook July 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Scientifically they are a type of hawkwing moth caterpillar. Yeperenye is actually an Aboriginal name for them, Yeperenye is one of the important dreaming spirits in Alice Springs. So probably no-one else will know what that is, but I like acknowledging that they are an important part of that culture, it seems more appropriate than just another species of hawkwing moth.

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