A Bug is a Bug is a Bug

With the new fence around my garden, the area was bigger than before, so I had a bit of sod to turn over for the first time. The soil under the grass was almost pure sand but I would add to it and gradually turn it into better growing soil. As I dug up the sod I came across pests that I put aside to feed the robins.

We’re hearing a lot in the news about the European chafer beetle (Rhizotrogus majalis) having been brought to our gardens in western Canada, but the prawn-like larvae from my yard will change into  ten-lined June beetles (Polyphylla decemlineata) which must be a cousin of the chafer beetle. They look the same in the larval stage. 002

You’ll see cutworms and some other thing in a maroon coloured pupa (maybe they’re cutworms in the pupa stage, I don’t know), but most of the treasures being served up on the green platter are the ten-lined June beetle larvae.

These larvae eat the roots of grass (and other plants, I presume), so they are not wanted in my garden. I’d rather fatten up the robins.


Here is a short video I took of a robin eating my beetle larva offerings.


Doesn’t it just make you want to go out and order a plate of prawns?

36 thoughts on “A Bug is a Bug is a Bug

  1. Sonja Forrester

    Very cute photo of the robin and the video was fabulous! No doubt you are correct and the robin had a nest nearby with many hungry babies to feed. Good job! Oh my, I must get some lunch now. 🙂

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Oh, the poor things. That can be deadly for robins. We had a year once when the robins came early and the snow came late and many robins died. They ate any red berries left on shrubs they normally wouldn’t touch but still many didn’t make it. We saw them dead on the roads. That was many years ago but it showed how weather that is out of the normal timing can be so hard on birds.


      1. reocochran

        I guess to them, the bugs are a delicacy. I get grossed out by blood or someone detailing surgery! Yuck! I got this from my Dad, he could faint at needles but good with children with throwing up. Mom handled the blood. My teacher asst and I did every other diaper change but I did “barf duty” she did blood. (Preschool special ed) Now, delete this is you wish, but gross bugs led me here, in my defense! 🙂

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      2. reocochran

        Anneli, hope you are having a lovely Sunday and if it is gloomy, have a good book or film to watch! My coworkers from the warehouse, two widows and I went to see the fun, lighthearted movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and enjoyed it immensely. Wacky, warm family with a few silly parts but a great message of love for differences in characteristics and putting the act of marriage in a great light. 🙂

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