The big kids were feeling pretty exhausted by the afternoon and were after some TV time, but I managed to distract them with this activity.
The beetles played dead for ages, as did one snail. One beetle disappeared down a crack, only to return later on. Little one kept putting obstacles in their way and they had to navigate the mass of fallen Wisteria blooms. Was pretty funny when a snail hitched a ride on a beetle. Middle one told me that two of the snails were mating when they teamed up, I said I didn't think so and he offered to go and get the book from his library that talks of such things.
A great relaxing afternoon activity! Middle Bowerbird won both races with his champion snail and beetle.
I remembered to pick some flowers from my garden today, such a joy on the kitchen table. I just love poppies, each plant is a little mystery until those curiously shaped buds unfurl.
We have some tiny new friends at our house.
A few months ago my friend gave me a bag of acorns for a seed/art project I am working on. These seeds were placed in a big glass jar and put on display last week. Little eyes were peering at our huge seed display when one pointed out that our jar had little critters in it. At first I thought they were stick insects but they are actually baby Praying Mantis. the eggs had stayed dormant in their acorn in a brown paper bag through the cooler months and had only emerged with the warmer weather - much to our surprise and delight.
These tiny guys are better than television, they are stalking aphids and sussing each other out, they can be cannibalistic so we are finding them new homes to separate them, in the mean time we squeal whenever they get close to each other.
Sadly we had room in our terrarium as this little caterpillar had passed away, we've been watching him for the last couple of weeks.
This is the face the little one pulls when she doesn't get her way. She didn't want to let go of her little pet but I was worried he might have been getting too much love. I saw the exact same caterpillar today on the same plant I found this one on - a native bush pea that it blends in beautifully with.