Monday, June 27, 2016

My Yard ~ Cross striped Cabbageworm

Found a new caterpillar today on the cabbage.  I wondered if it could be a later instar of the Cabbage White Butterfly so I went to the internet to do some research.  I found out that it is actually the caterpillar for a moth.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wordless Wednesday ~ My gardens

Front Gardens

Front side garden

Side garden looking out to the bay

Back gardens


More Cheesier Coneflower


Pink Phlox

Shasta Daisy


My pansies alive since large November

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My Yard ~ American Lady Butterfly

We had American Lady Butterfly Caterpillars here about 2 weeks ago and today when I started to water the back gardens a mint fresh American Lady jumped out at me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Yard ~ Life Cycle of the Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly nectaring on Lantana

Cabbage White Butterfly egg

Can you find all 9 Cabbage White Butterfly Caterpillars?

Close up Cabbage White Butterfly Caterpillar
Cabbage White Butterfly Chrysalis 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My yard ~ First of Year Butterflies

Red Admiral Butterfly
Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly

Orange Sulphur Butterfly on 5/28/16

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Saturday, June 4, 2016

My Yard ~ American Lady Caterpillars

Jenny & I have been working hard with weeding the gardens, planting new flowers and mulching with salt marsh hay the past few days.  Salt marsh hay is a great mulch as it doesn't contain seed heads and helps to keep the weeds down & the soil moist after watering.  Today, while weeding in the back, Jenny found 6 American Lady caterpillars on the Pussytoes she planted.  We are excited as this is a first ever American Lady caterpillar for us and #4 caterpillar all total in the yard.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Yard ~ Overwintering Black Swallowtail Butterflies

We had 15 overwintering Black Swallowtail chrysalis in my yard.  We have carefully kept an eye on them to see if the will enclose.  So far we have had 12 enclose with 3 more to go.  One of the 12 I fund on the ground with crumpled wings that apparently never got pumped up correctly.  Here is one of them on catmint.