Mr. Nature: Lacewings for Your Garden

In Bell Mountain No. 5, The Fugitive Prince, Wytt entertains himself by catching and eating lacewings, which people in Obann call “fairy flies.”

But he really shouldn’t, because lacewings are about the most beneficial insects you’ll ever meet. Their larvae eat all kinds of plant pests and parasites, and the adults pollinate your garden. Plus they’re exquisitely, delicately beautiful. You can buy lacewings to release in your garden; their services are always in demand.

You’ll see in the video how the female lacewing lays her eggs on silken stalks to protect them from getting eaten by predators.

And the adults have lovely golden eyes.

This is Mr. Nature, and this is more of God’s stuff.

Video Treat: Cats Grooving on Catnip

Our cat Henry was crazy about catnip and always reacted very strongly to it. My father, who pretended not to like cats (even while Henry sat on his lap and purred), didn’t approve of catnip. “What are you trying to do to him?” he once asked.

But catnip is harmless to cats. Our cats Robbie and Peep don’t react to it at all, but most cats do–as you can see in this video.

Mr. Nature adds: “Lacewings are attracted to catnip just as most cats are; and the lacewings eat the mites and aphids that trouble the catnip plant. As Rev. D. James Kennedy used to say, ‘Ain’t chance grand?'”