ephippiger

also known locally as the cousin bug

because if you rub it’s back, it makes the sound “cousin cousin”

these large dr. seuss-looking bugs live only in the vineyards feasting on grapes

they are otherwise perfectly harmless

 

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nid de merle (blackbird nest)

found in the crotch of a grape vine pruned en gobelet

the nest uses all local materials including the bark of carignan grape vines and the stems left behind by fallen grapes

autignac, france

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dipped in red

carignan grape vine

in the last week of september

autignac, france

  • Perfect time of year to photograph these beautiful vine leaves, as autumn takes hold. So vibrant!

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    • still says:

      Thank you Jane!
      September has been so incredibly beautiful here in southwest France.
      Such a lovely time to visit.
      Mary Jo

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end of summer wildflowers

we are spending all our free time helping with the grape harvest

these wildflowers were found in the hedgerows between the vineyards

autignac, france

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bracelet of thorns

from yesterday’s stem

autignac, france

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