Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Crane Fly Season
I was out in the yard doing yard things: checking out plants just coming into bloom; cursing the pests [sowbugs?] [too dry for slugs?] that are pock-marking the daisies; finding a home for the new member of the gnome team; noticing a crane fly (Tipula paludosa) gracefully floating up out of the foliage and alighting on a salvia sprig, offering itself up for close examination in the morning light.
There aren't an abundance of crane flies this spring so far; maybe it's been too dry. I've had to water established shrubs with wilting new growth, and new plantings require every other day ministrations lately. There's nothing like rain to stimulate soil life; the Cimis station in Irvine has recorded 3/4" Oct, 1.4" Nov, 1/4" Dec, 3/4" in Jan, 3/4" Feb, nothing since 2/27.
I'm grateful for the crane fly there is. Why are there sowbugs?