Audubon magazine dot org would be proud.
In a recent article (linked above) they discuss the importance of growing native plants for the caterpillars… so the birds have something to feed their babies.
All these caterpillars… a sign of a healthy yard!
From top down…
1) caterpillars on hibiscus grandiflorus
2) cat on mare’s tail weed
3) cats on oak tree
4) cats on chenopodium giganteum
5) monarch cat on tropical milkweed
6) gulf fritillary on pasiflora
7) buckeye cat on agalinis
8) cat on amaranth (pig weed)
9) cat on rose of sharon
10) cats on coffeeweed.
most “Weeds” aren’t bad… they’re actually important to the health of the ecosystem. Can’t say the same for turf grass…
Ah the joys of organic gardening!
The fire ants found my feet while I was gardening barefoot.
Still working on the specific variety… seems to be either Agrimonia striata or Agrimonia gryposepala… there seems to be a buncha agrimonies with very little difference between types…
In the winter, this plant has a similar appearance to Pedicularis canadensis (Wood Betony).
Joe pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
These plants get like 10 foot in height… Butterfly plants are important, but this one really is out of place in a small bed…
The eutrochium purpurea seems like a better plant for the small garden… I’m hoping to cross them.
Flower and compound leaf.
Found in the horse pasture while shooting the Eutrochium…
Tiger Swallowtail visits
Smallflower Thoroughwort (Eupatorium semiserratum) Purple Joe Pye Weed, (Eutrochium purpureum var. purpureum)