Several caterpillars appeared on my parsley plants. I noticed that the parsley was almost gone, so I made a trip to the grocery store to buy some organic parsley. I brought the remaining caterpillars inside my house and placed them in the container with parsley. I continued to add parsley until they morphed into chrysalis. Once they were both in the chrysalis stage, I took the container out on my back porch where it was protected, but they were back amongst my herbs where they started. They each took 9 days to complete this stage. They emerged 2 days apart! Happily I was able to enjoy seeing each of them before they took flight into the world!
I watched this black swallowtail caterpillar feasting on fennel for a few days. My herbs are on my back porch. Yesterday it attached itself to the fennel plant and it took all day and didn’t complete its transformation into a chrysalis until after dark! On this relatively cool June morning in North Texas, it is now a beautiful chrysalis! It is just so amazing and fascinating to watch this process!
Spring has really shown up! Some tulips I planted in pots were very beautiful for a few days. My roses are putting on a spectacular show. The yellow coral honeysuckle has also bloomed! I spied the first caterpillar of the spring on some fennel a few days ago. Our newest addition to our yard is our double composting bins. We are having fun adding coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit and vegetable peels to the bins along with our fall leaves and spring trimmings!
I discovered these monarch caterpillars eating their lunch on a tropical milkweed on a lovely October afternoon.
It’s October and this monarch caterpillar is munching away today!
First monarch caterpillar spied in my garden this fall on this tropical milkweed today.
Many insects may feed on milkweed leaves, seeds, stems or roots. Note the yellow aphids near the flowers and new growth. These have been around for at least a month on these milkweed plants. I have seen ants near the aphids enjoying eating the aphid’s honeydew.Hopefully some hungry ladybugs will eat some of these aphids!
A hungry black swallowtail caterpillar eating parsley on a hot August morning.I found this one on my fennel plant that had been completely stripped of its leaves, so I moved it to my parsley!
Looks like this caterpillar is almost ready to make its chrysalis!
I found gulf fritillary caterpillars on the blue passionflower vine in my garden today!