Here's some of what we've observed from this decomposing pile!
|We found lots of these large beetles in our mulch pile. My best guess is that this is a "Bess Beetle" (or Betsy Beetle) or Horned Passalus. We often see three or four huddled together when we break apart the decomposing logs. From what I've read these beetles are actually quite social--all life stages live together. Both sexes care for their young. They communicate by rubbing their wings on their abdomen making a squeaking noise. This is in order to communicate with other members of their colony.|
|I think this grub is the larvae that turns into the Bess Beetle, above.|
|There are lots of earthworms in the mulch pile as well. Here's the Bess Beetle again next to it.|
|I don't know what this grub is, but you can see the tunnel it has made in this log.|
|I read that when you find these rolly-polly bugs you'd better be on the lookout for termites.|
|And look at what we found when we broke open this log!! Termites!! Yikes -- keep these away from our house!!|
|And of course we have all kinds of seedlings inside... we're totally anticipating spring planting time!!|
PS -- This past weekend hubby and I transplanted all of the flowers that were in one of the garden beds. Then we planted 50 strawberry plants! I think they don't produce much the first year, but sure do have my fingers crossed that we get some yummy strawberries later this summer!