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Tarnished Plant Bug ( Lygus lineolaris ) on Yellow Wood Sorrel ( Oxalis stricta ) + Unidentified Eggs

Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus lineolaris) on Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) + Unidentified Eggs

Remember this, my friends: there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.
— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Today, after a long heat spell and steady rain on the Fourth of July: we weeded. When I pulled this clump of sorrel I noticed the seed capsule...and then the eggs...and then, a plant bug.

Though only a lowly "weed," she is a welcoming hostess.

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.