Finally the holidays !

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We haven’t published recently and visited many people because Claire was still super busy with her work. But things are slowly starting to calm down, and the holidays can finally begin.

We had a nice visitor in our garden : a musk beetle.

aromia moschata
aromia moschata

We also have a beautiful resident : a carpenter bee.

xylocopa violacea
xylocopa violacea

The musk beetle came to say hello on Sunday during lunch, and the bee has been living in our log since last year. She’s a very nice neighbor, not aggressive at all. Her body measures 2.5 to 3 cm ; she digs perfect holes in the wood, and the big pile of sawdust on which she landed is proof of her efforts !

33 thoughts on “Finally the holidays !

  1. Summer

    You are apparently on a different schedule than we are in the States! School has been out for some weeks here, and some people are even thinking about the whole Back to School thing already!

    1. The Swiss Cats Post author

      Pupils are on holiday since July, 6th, but as an executive assistant Claire usually has 1-2 more weeks to work, and she comes back to work earlier as well (August, 12th for her, August 26th for the pupils). She also spends 1-2 weeks at home preparing fun and less fun activities for her pupils. Purrs

  2. Cleo

    Those sure are some cool critters, and beautiful photos, too. We’re about to take a little bloggy break here as mom and dad are on the move again. Fortunately, it’s only a small move, but dad and I probably won’t be back here for a week or so.

  3. Teddy and Pam

    We have carpenter bees here too and while they are very industrious and amazing we do wish they wouldn’t drill holes in our front porch railing and our back deck rails! We have woods all around so plenty of things for them to drill in but I think they prefer the SOFTER wood of our railings…..LOL

    Hugs, Teddy and Pam

  4. databbiesotrouttowne

    wavez two ewe pixie N zorro N de houz guestz !! N joy holly day time with claire; N make sure ya get…IN TRUBULLZ !!! 🙂 ♥♥♥

  5. Memories of Eric and Flynn

    I have never seen either of those here. I hope Claire has a lovely and relaxing holiday. Most of the schools here don’t break up until the middle of next week and then they go back the middle of the first week of September.

  6. LP

    That is a lovely photo of you Pixie! And how nice for you to have some friends to entertain you in the garden ;p

    Our humom hopes your mom will enjoy her holidays!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  7. Deziz World

    OMC We don’t know ’bout your visitors Pixie. We’ve been dealin’ with gnats and are so fed up of insects right now. MOL But, you look gawjus. Glad things are settlin’ down fur ya’. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  8. Timmy Tomcat

    What wonderful visitors you have there Pixie. We have the odd carpenter bee here too. We love those holes that look like they are drilled. Thanks for coming to my birthday pawty you cats.

  9. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    Meow wow that iss um Musky Beetle…hee or shee tooked a grate Selfie, mew mew mew….
    An Blue Bee iss furry an cute…..wee not have them here.
    While mee likes yore vizitorss yore Selfie oss beeuteeful Pixie!!!!
    Pleese give Miss Claire our ree-gardss!
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

  10. Canadian Cats

    Pixie, that beetle’s feelers are as long as its body. It’s a wonder it doesn’t walk sideways. The bee is a fine example of the quote….”Busy as a bee.”


  11. Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs

    Um…um…well, petcretary says while your bug closeup/selfies are gorgeous, she is glad they are ‘just pictures’…MOL! Carpenter bees and their cousins carpenter ants can make havoc on our wooden house. And we too have plenty of trees aroud, including softer dead ones for them to ‘use’. Do they put eggs in the holes they make? Of r do they put their prey in them for future reference. Or maybe they thmeselves hide in the holes?

    Never have seen a beetle like that! Whoot, it sure has LONG antennae.

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