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September 10, 2013

Unknown caterpillars on brugmansia…

I shoulda collected the chrysalis, put it in a jar or something… whatever it was… left without introducing himself.

September 10, 2013


Spotted this caterpillar crawling along the ground… apparently searching for a place to burrow in and form a cocoon.

Just how large a moth should I expect from this giant?

Ok… did a bit of searching… this guy seems to be an imperial moth caterpillar (Eacles imperialis)

August 28, 2013
 Tussock cats on Matelea gonocarpos / Gonolobus suberosus.

 Tussock cats on Matelea gonocarpos / Gonolobus suberosus.

August 24, 2013

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…

August 21, 2013

Rudbeckia laciniata with pollinators

August 20, 2013

echinacea with swallowtail

August 20, 2013

Jewels of Opar  (talinum paniculatum)

August 20, 2013

Collinsonia anisata

August 15, 2013
Dew on hibiscus grandiflorus leaf.
Bloom below ↓

Dew on hibiscus grandiflorus leaf.

Bloom below ↓

here's the bloom...

August 14, 2013

Clear wing Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

August 14, 2013

Ah the joys of organic gardening!

The fire ants found my feet while I was gardening barefoot.

August 13, 2013


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).

August 07, 2013

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.

July 31, 2013

Flower and compound leaf.
Any guesses?

Found in the horse pasture while shooting the Eutrochium

July 30, 2013

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)