Mystery Critter #19

A Pirates Eyes For Me

Greetings, wildlife detectives! It’s time for our weekly round of Mystery Critter. Ready to put your curiosity and sleuthing skills to the test? I’ve picked a fun one today — a little shout-out to the kid in all of us. I distinctly remember being fascinated by these critters when I was a little girl.

So, let’s get to it. Put those thinking caps on and let’s play! And remember — no cheating. ;-)


  • I am found throughout North America;
  • My habitat is gardens, meadows, and woods;
  • Aphids are my favorite meal (yum!);
  • I can lay up to 500 eggs in my lifespan; and
  • I may invite myself to be your house guest in the fall.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

If you live in North America, you have seen this Mystery Critter since you were a kid. If you are a gardener, you are no doubt on a first name basis with them.  As always, it’s not about what you see, but simply making the time to get outside and connect with nature, and taking the opportunity to really notice the wildlife near you. Let Mother Nature show you a thing or two this weekend!

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography.COM

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