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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A caterpillar's life isn't easy...

Kinda looks like the caterpillar from Danger-Mouse... Apparently a tussock moth... They have the cutest caterpillars!

Sulfur lays eggs...

Eggs become caterpillars...

Wasp kills caterpillar...

Ctenoplusia caterpillar eating Conyza (mare's tail weed)

Caterpillar on mulberry tree

Bird hunts caterpillars...


Cactus bug


Long-tailed-skipper caterpillars

Cabbage white

Judy Burris explains the difference at "Beautiful Wildlife Garden"
Pearl Crescent butterflies have solid black dots on the bottom wings.  The Checkerspots have some dots with white centers.
Now we know that I have Pearl Crescent butterflies.

Searching for caterpillars...

redbird.... nest

And finally... Y'all remember the monarch that was laying eggs in the last post?
A baby monarch!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Summer means butterflies at Gardens in the Sand...
People in the area complain that they aren't seeing pollinators...

I doubt that anyone is going to see butterflies when they are busily putting out 7-dust on everything... they're not getting any better veggies than I am...

And... Butterflies can't eat grass...

Yay! Monarchs... Finally.

 She's laying eggs!

Spicebush Swallowtail

Gulf Fritillary... I like to get pics of those ultra-violet spots on the bottoms of the wings... when I can. 

Georgia state butterfly...
 When I started gardening here... these tygers were rare... I got busy planting poplar trees... I have lots now...

Black form... Gorgeous!

 It's always a bit of a challenge to get multiples... when they're mating... it's a bit more so...


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Some veggies n stuff

Jerusalem artichoke, (Helianthus tuberosus L.)
The flowers seem early.

 I'm not going to have corn on the cob for the 4th of July... but maybe next week...

Cucumber patch

 Getting some nice cow peas...

These brugs seem early too.

Bi-colour 4 0'clocks


kudzu bugs

Drowning the kudzu bugs.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Early June

Goldfinch says... the poppies r through, so bring on the rudbeckia...

another pic of the r.maxima.

The butterflyweed is a show-stopper
Plenty of bees

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly

Tiger swallowtail n spicebush
Tiger again.

Heliotropium amplexicaule is always a big draw.

American painted lady visits clasping heliotrope.

buckeye butterfly

Frog... check out those gold spots...

 rabbits r pissin me off.

And they're eating the echinacea...

You know, I only had the one wild delphinium... I can't grow any new ones when y'all are deadheading my flowers...

Ok, I finally got enough... I decided to make a nice broth fer them...
I collected some brugmansia leaves, and some datura root and made a nice tea... after it cooled, I poured it over stuff.

Seems to be working.


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