Usually this time of year, box elder bugs are every where. This year we have been inundated with stink bugs. How they get into the house is a mystery. They are every where. It was suggested the only was to get rid of the stink bugs was to put them into soapy water. I took a picture of one with the wings out and was amazed with the beautiful design. Now I have been picking them up and throwing them out side. Maybe they find their way back in.
(Years ago I found a mouse in the dog’s food bin. I put some nail polish on his back and released the mouse out side. One day later the same mouse was in the food bin again.)
I have asked the stink bugs to leave and they keep showing me they are here.
BRIGHT SPOT! Thanksgiving day my granddaughters came over to help prepare. A butterfly (hoping it was not a moth) was flying about in my house under the 8 foot skylight. It landed. There were three up near the skylight. We got the ladder and my granddaughter was able to catch them with a cup and release outside. I have really enjoyed the butterflies especially when I found out they are a White Cabbage butterfly. I found out that they were brought into my home by me when I brought in the kale plants that I brought in from my garden. I started pulling the leaves apart and found a butterfly. I picked it up to take over to the sponge I had in sugar water. Well, it fell into the water. I pulled it out and put it on the counter. After a bit, it was on the floor. I then tried putting food for it trying to save it…..do you hear me? I was trying to save the butterfly. It did not work. I was able to release some outside. Six of them stayed to far up under the skylight. One day I was able to get 2 in a cup and took them outside. One flew out and the other flew down and landed on my sock. I came back inside sat down and left the door open. It crawled around my foot and then flew out the door. It has been a joyous experience to have such a delicate creature here.
Meanwhile, the stink bugs are still here and keep appearing especially in my office. Each day fewer come to greet me. Very interesting. I am finding more dead ones also.
Maybe someone has some answers, I do not.
Stink bugs and butterflies, I wonder if that’s a metaphor for life? Blessings on your journey!