Ever since I got home and came in after taking the bee images, I kept feeling something crawling on me. I didn’t find anything and thought it was the ants that have invaded the house while I was on the Enrichment Voyage. Finally, I found a tick. I think that it is a female dog tick and not a deer tick. I don’t like any type of ticks. I don’t know if this was the only one, but to make sure all of my cloths and bedding are now in the washing machine.
Images of the bees taken in my backyard this afternoon with a macro lens. The Bumble Bees were working the fast fading Rhododendron flowers for any remaining pollen. The male Carpenter Bees appeared to be flying stationary guarding territory — only moving when challenged by another male. The down side of the Carpenter Bees is the large holes that they drill into the wood around the house for their nests.
Winter Indoor Nature in New Jersey: Stink Bug Eating Pink Grapefruit
The invasive stink bugs that invaded Pennsylvania have expanded into New Jersey. They come into houses during the winter to stay warm. As seen here, one is feasting on a pink grapefruit that I just brought back from Florida.