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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Moar Kritterz

Clear wing Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Black widow... 
I found this girl while pulling squash vines... bare-foot. Reckon she was dining on those nasty squash bugs?

I've seen this dude identified as a male velvet ant, or "cow-killer" (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

 Check out the size spider... this wasp drug under my house!

These woodpeckers are a bit camera-shy.

I caught him!
This mocking bird sez that the poke berries are ready.
If yer gonna attract birdz to the garden... you gotta grow their faves...
I was weeding the daylilies last weekend,  I left a coupla pokeweeds...
The poke is native, those daylilies... aren't... and they don't grow well here anyway.

Zebra swallowtail with gulf fritillary

gulf fritillary caterpillar
Passionflower... the gulf fritillary's host plant.
Low hanging fruit... (may pops)

Eastern tailed blue (Cupido comyntas)

 I'm totally a fan of the centrosema virginianum... I've been potting some up to share...

hibiscus grandiflorus... First time this has bloomed... and I've grown it since I got here...
So... like the tall Joe pye weed featured last week... not a good plant for the xeriscape... In spite of those fuzzy leaves.

Finally... How 'bout a peach?



Blogger Jean Campbell said...

Thank you for the ID on Butterfly Pea Vine. I corrected my error.

August 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have boat-loads of black widows. . . I HATE those things. But I love your peach tree. I just planted one a few months back and I'm so hoping I don't kill it (it's supposed to be "especially" for FL).

I also recently collected some pokeweed seeds. I've printed some instructions on how to plant them - seems it not as simple as just poking in the dirt. :-) But seeing how the mockingbirds love them, should be worth the effort.

Great post - love your pictures.

August 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Interesting... Phytolacca americana seems like something that the birds should have already brought in for you... Or... are you trying to grow the variegated type?

I'd be very surprised if it wouldn't grow simply by placing the berries where you want it to grow... works with mulberries...

Alternatively... there's the tomato seed collection method... place the berries in a container... forget about them for a week or more... dump the mess where you want plants...

I used to find black widows while picking tomatoes in my previous garden... I leave them be.

I also used to have rattlesnakes that would crawl out of the path when I came by... I miss them...

peach trees are very easy to grow... getting fruit... not so much. The pear trees do sooo much better!

Thanks for commenting... will write you about those everglade tomatoes... directly.

August 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM  

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