I am not the only one who enjoys relaxing on the shady porch overlooking the sparkling lake. It is often the case that we share that space with various insects. Some leave as soon as we arrive (which seems fair enuf since they have far more opportunity to use the cabin porch than we do), but many often stay while we are there and only depart when their purposes require it.
For the most part we don’t object, but if you look in the upper right of the photo above you can see the vertical gray streaks of what was an organ pipe wasp nest (crossing the upper knot). I don’t so much object to the wasps as to allowing the precedent for them to use the space for nesting. I fear that could get out of hand and result in a big mess. (We once had a phoebe beginning to build a nest under the porch roof, but that was going to be an even bigger mess, and it would have been right where we sat and pondered the universe so I think she would have eventually abandoned it anyway.)
We often see moths like this one (sorry about the poor photo) in the eaves of the porch. They will stay motionless for hours, and then when we look up later, they are gone. I hope they’re benign. We find them inside the cabin too, generally dead on the floor. How they get in I suppose isn’t too much of a mystery. I am sure there are cracks and incomplete joins in the structure to allow them access. I just wish the poor things could find their way out too rather than die of what I imagine is starvation.
About the only other insects I have actively deterred from the porch are carpenter bees. The kind we have in Missouri will build their nests by boring into wood to create an often complex series of cells within. I’m not really eager to extend my stewardship to that level.