Tiny Critters

“Tiny Critters”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The last few days when I have been watering the garden, several little creatures have been exposed.  There have been scads of teeny, tiny green tree frogs all over the garden.  I am so glad to see them because earlier this summer there were very few to be seen which is unusual.


There has also been a ton of small, baby anoles.  These little green “lizards” are welcome additions to the garden as they are great eaters of bugs.  I caught this one lazing on an iris leaf.



Visiting the cashmere bouquet flowers was this orange bug that blends in so well you almost do not see him.



And finally, little moths are flying out by the hundreds whenever I water.  I have never seen so many fluttering about whenever the foliage in the garden beds are disturbed.  It seems like they appeared overnight.


Just when there are few flowers around and the garden is starting to fade, these little critters start showing up to add a little interest.



  1. Patricia Louque said,

    September 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Lizard lizard stick out your red tongue before I kill you dead. I remember my mother teaching me this little ditty, so he would show his pink protrusion under his neck. What memories! Thanks for the reminder. We don’t have these in Virginia, but where I grew up we had plenty. It was expecially exciting when they would get in the house.

  2. fairegarden said,

    September 20, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Hi Jan, wonderful vision you conjure of the tiny green frogs. We don’t have them, but we do have that pretty orange and black and white bug. I don’t know what it is but would like to. We don’t have anoles, we have skinks, by the hundreds. They live in the block wall and everywhere else among stones. My cat Kitty got outside yet again and when he came in he had one in his mouth! He dropped it when I yelled at him for getting out and it ran under the computer desk. We did get him, the skink, caught and released back outside. Quite a ruckus!


  3. Jan said,

    September 20, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Patricia, it is a shame they are not in Virginia. They are cute little guys, and you are right about the excitement when they get in the house. Our kitties go nuts.

    We also have the skinks here, Frances, and they are numerous. Ocassionally an anole or gecko will get in the house and our kitties go after it. It is a race to see if we can rescue it before the kitties do it in. Cats are pretty quick, aren’t they.

  4. Brenda Kula said,

    September 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    So that’s what they’re called. I just called them green lizards.

  5. tina said,

    September 20, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Those anoles are really pretty! Great to have them in your garden. Kitties do love them and the skinks. I found about five torsos of skinks my kitty had captured. She is so bad!

  6. Alexandra said,

    September 20, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Yeahh….pictures! 🙂 The baby anole is so cute! Hope you’re having a good Saturday.

  7. September 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    The anole looks very agile, balanced on the edge of the iris blade. I imagine it’s very successful on bug patrol.

  8. Jan said,

    September 21, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Brenda, we’ve always just called them lizards, too, but they’re really anoles.

    Tina, I was surprised to find out that the anoles are not more widespread around the country. They really are pretty and help in the garden. I saw one yesterday with a small moth. The kitties certainly are fascinated by any quick moving creature. I guess they can’t help it; it is in their natures.

    Hey, Alexandra. I did have a good Saturday cause I could be outside in the garden. Hope you had one too.

    NS, yes these are very agile little guys and do very well on bug patrol.

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