Heber received a great deal of rain this summer which gave the wildflowers a chance to really take off. We were out in the woods doing a little hike and I couldn’t help but take some pictures of many of the flowers we saw.
We seem to get a good number of miner bees from late July through August. While they have no stinger, if they are mistreated the can bite (we’ve never experienced it though and have let them crawl on us). They seem especially fond of eggs, chicken and pork. They will come cut off a piece and carry it away so we always put out a special plate just for the bees while we are eating on the deck. They live in the sandy soil by the fire pit.
We think there is a chance this is the same snake we’d seen several years ago, only much larger! Gopher snakes look similar to rattlers but their head is narrow and they don’t have a rattle on their tails. While they might coil and act like a rattler, they strike with their mouths closed. They are not venomous, they move very slowly and are not at all aggressive. They eat rodents and keep unwanted pests away. If you are ever fortunate enough to see this one please don’t harm it. It’s our friend!
About a week before we saw the big one, I’d lifted a rock beside the house and found a tiny baby gopher snake (probably 6-8 inches long). Hopefully we’ll see this one get bigger too!
Also know as the Ten Lined June Beetle. When I was a kid and went to camp, these guys were always buzzing around the lights at night during the summer. They make a hissing noise when disturbed (which provides entertainment for our dog who never harms them but certainly is curious). I don’t think they bite but they fly and are annoying.
We were raking some brush under a tree and found a small grub. I’d never seen one before. Zach (who was 7 at the time) thought it was pretty cool and was quick to play with it. I’d done a 2 minute search and told him they can’t bite. Within 5 minutes, Zach said it bit him and had a tiny red spot on his hand. Needless to say, we likely won’t play with grubs anymore.