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July 27, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Notes from the Yard

The yard isn’t exactly bustling, in this heat, but there are signs of life. Each day, more and more cicadas molt on the fence.

The young praying mantises have spread out into the iris beds.

And I’m still seeing pondhawks, though their numbers have decreased over the last two days.

Finally, I’m intrigued by this cocoon. What’s in there? My chances of finding out are slim, because it will likely emerge when I’m busy doing other things. Even so, I check on it several times a day. Just in case…


  1. toinlessons / Jul 27 2012 10:39 PM

    Nice! If you go out at night, you can see the cicadas crawling up your fence to emerge ot of their..(? what do you call it?..pupae?) probably. They should come out and dry their wings beire flying off in the morning..!!

    • Rae Spencer / Jul 27 2012 11:26 PM

      I’ve been out with a flashlight a few times tonight, between storms. Nothing yet, but I’ll keep trying!

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