Vox Hortus update + crane flies

Yes, Vox Hortus got another update!  Now it’s all horticulture, all the time.  And entomology.  And that’s it.  Now, here’s a crane fly on a Nasturtium leaf while you get used to the idea.

Before I knew anything about insects, I was told that these guys eat mosquitoes. Not so. The adults actually don’t eat at all, though the young larvae feed on decomposing vegetation, and they can be a pest in turf grass. They like to get into the house in my neck of the woods, and it’s dicey taking them outside without injuring their legs. They go frantic when you pick them up. They’re harmless though. And they don’t eat mosquitoes. Bummer.