Lessons in nature Today I saw two beetles. And they were... they were... well, you know. I think at least. I'd just gotten back from the grocery store and went to clip a couple roses that had bloomed on my competely out-of-control rose bush. I clipped on and felt something hit my arm. I flinched, but took a chance and looked at the flower. It was just pollen -- or rose dust or whatever -- from the middle of the flower. Then I clipped another. I had them both in my hand, walking over to the herb garden to clip some mint. I figured I'd see if there was any pollen/rose dust in the second flower. But something caught my eye. Thinking it was a spider, I almost threw it down and took off running. (Spiders are to me what bees are to Nabbalicious) But I fought my fear and looked. Wait, I thought, that's not a spider, it's a beetle. No, two.. TWO beetles. And... Oh my god, they're making beetle babies. In my flower. Maybe that's romantic for beetles, like 4-star hotel. I could have gone a whole lifetime without seeing that. I dropped the flowers on the ground next to the bush, clipped the mint and hauled my groceries into the house, careful not to look in their direction. Like they'd be embarrassed or something. And now that I'm inside, I just thank the good lord that it wasn't spiders. There wouldn't even have been anyone around to hear my scream.


Blogger Guinness_Girl said...

Ha! You're a beetle voyeur!

7/17/2006 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Genevieve said...


7/18/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger MountainSide ART said...

If you don't want those beetles to eat up your roses (and they will, because they LOVE roses!), you're going to have to go out there and...horror of horrors for you because I KNOW how much you hate bugs...handpick each beetle you see (even if they are getting it on...that way you can grab two for the price of one! Catch 'em while their pants are down! LOL!)and drop it down in a bucket of hot soapy water. You can use Joy or Dawn dish liquid, but make sure your water is warm. You can even put on gloves if you want to. Its not gross...you don't even have to look at them once you've droppped them in the bucket. I have to do that at my house too. In fact, they are eating my sweet potato vines and my tomatoes too. Sometimes I just pick them up and squash them between my finger and thumb...but mostly I drop them in hot soapy water. It works great. Try it, you'll like it. The more of those ugly things you kill, the better you'll feel.

By the way, I'm impressed with your sudden gardening abilities...if you are growing roses, you have a green thumb! *I* could never grow roses. You've got something on me, kid!

Love you!

7/18/2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Jasclo said...


7/18/2006 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger chairtburn said...

Sorry I am just checking in for the first time in months...I am having the beetle problem too and actually thought it was just me. wow! I hate them and I havem thankfully, never seen any of them doing THAT! haha! If you don't want to touch them...just get SEVEN DUST...it works too. Love Ya! Charity

7/19/2006 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jasclo said...

Ah, I get to kill the beetles AND not look at them or touch them? Score.

7/20/2006 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger MountainSide ART said...

Stay away from that Sevin Dust. Bad Stuff. Bad, bad stuff. Lethal. Not kidding here. Sprinkling it makes it fly up in the air and you suck it into your lungs. And it soaks into your skin if you get it on you. It'll make you sick, sick sick. Better to pick off the beetles and drop them in hot soapy water. Better for you and better for the environment.

7/20/2006 01:32:00 PM  

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