|Cope's Gray Treefrog|
Heqet, who represented fertility and was depicted as either woman with a frog's head (yuck!) or a frog on the end of a phallus. She was present at the birth of Horus and breathed new life into him. In the Middle Ages, frogs became associated with evil and devil worship, likely from association with the three frogs of Revelations 16:13, "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet." I'm going to believe that my frog is beneficial and is waiting to eat any evil spirits attracted by the bottle tree (or mosquitoes, which are the same as evil spirits in my garden).
earlier bottle tree rendition. I ordered two dozen cobalt blue bottles last Monday and then added one of our own and the two bright pink bottles to make 27 bottles. Looks better, doesn't it? The mauve roses blooming in the foreground are Purple Pavement. The pink bottles? Well, you can call it further whimsy, but I have a theory that the pink bottles will lure the evil spirits near and the blue bottles will capture them. Silly, but just as good a reason as any. It seems to have attracted the frog, anyway. The Smithsonian, the frog, and I now collectively approve of my bottle tree.