Middle South

May, 2003
Regional Report

Web Finds

Praying Mantis Snares Hummingbird
It sounds like a story line from a monster movie, but it's true that mantids sometimes do snare hummers. Now you can see the evidence for yourself on nature photographer Randy Emmitt's Nature Photography site. While you're there, check out Randy's great identification shots of butterflies, dragonflies, and birds.

Favorite or New Plant

Queen Anne's Lace
So what if it's a weed! I can't help but admire Queen Anne's lace, the great grandmother of all carrots. There are over 2,500 florets in each rounded umbel, including the purple "jewel" in the middle. Many flies and wasps like it, too, so Queen Anne's lace definitely qualifies as a good plant for attracting beneficial buzzers. Try using the feathery leaves as filler in cut flower arrangements. The flowers were popular in European gardens in the 17th and 18th centuries, and I think Queen Anne's lace still deserves a place in wildflower plantings, where the plants usually appear with no help from gardeners.

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