• 16Jun

    I kept seeing pillbugs (roly poly) that were a very pretty purple color. I finally googled it and the poor things are infected with a virus called iridovirus. It’s fatal.

    I don’t mind pillbugs; they work hard in my compost pile and I appreciate their service. So while these purple guys are lovely, I’m kind of sad for them. I know that’s strange…I cannot explain my affection for the bugs these days.

    I can’t seem to get a good picture of the purple bugs. By the time I run in for my camera, they’ve disappeared, probably off to die. But here’s a good pic:

    http://insektenfotos.de/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10324&thumbnail=1

    Filed under: Organic Gardening

    Posted: June 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    4 Comments

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  • Mary Smith Says:

    HI Juli,

    Great pictures. Poor buggies.

    I have news about CH,III . Are you getting my e-mails?

    We have had three hailstorms, no tornadoes this year (yet). My garden is toast.

    Mary (in the Fort)

  • Juli Says:

    Hey Mary! I’m delighted to see you here. In all the craziness I forgot to renew this domain, but got it back. One more thing I like about Go Daddy, they don’t try and hose you if you goof up like that.

    Did the hail do a number on your garden?

  • Sass E Pants Says:

    Iridovirus sounds like an eye disease. Quick! Call an eye doctor!

  • Juli Lawrence Says:

    How about a witch doctor?

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