Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

In the Courtyard Today

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Bachelor Button

Bachelor Button

Bachelor Button

Bachelor Button
Bachelor Button
Bachelor Button

Passiflora Leaf

Passiflora Leaf

Hibiscus trionum

Hibiscus trionum

Hibiscus trionum


Blooming Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Earwigs love to live in the top leaves of the plant. I use a soft brush to remove them and their debris.

And to remove debris that collects on their leaves.

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang

Kalanchoe beharensis Fang


After the Storm

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Chrysalis

Caterpillar Chrysalis Detail


Gulf Fritillary

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Recently found two Gulf Fritillary on my passiflora. When I converted part of the courtyard to succulents and drought tolerant plants, I made the mistake of moving my passiflora. It did not survive. There were some volunteers in another garden that I transferred to trellises in the courtyard. That is where the two Gulf Fritillary were found.

In the past, the majority of the Gulf Fritillary made it through their cycle to emerge as lovely butterflies. The first time I saw one I mistakenly thought it was a Monarch. Now I know they look nothing alike. Well, both have orange and black wings.

Need to check my archives for photos of Gulf Fritillary.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 1, 2019 January 20

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 2, 2019 January 21

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 2, 2019 January 31

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary 1, 2019 February 1


Monarch Emerged

Monarch emerged 2017 October 13.


February 12 2019

Cat 1

Cat 2

Tendril

A Lovely Tendril


It Was a Brilliant Green Caterpillar

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

I noticed a lot of damage to this plant, but couldn’t find the culprit.

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Green and Purple Plant

Until Wednesday. How could I miss this caterpillar?

Green Caterpillar

Green Caterpillar

Since I am not sure who he is, decided to leave him. To wait and see. Pretty sure he is a moth of sorts.

The plant is probably a Plectranthus. I purchased it on a whim from the neighborhood grocery store.

It is a fast grower. Easy to propagate by snapping off a piece and either placing the piece in a small amount of water or popping it directly in soil.


Brugmansia and Caterpillars

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

I posted this image of a variegated Brugmansia in September. That was prior to caterpillars made it their home.

Brug

Brug

The caterpillars look so much like the Brug leaves and stems they are often difficult to find.

Brug

Brug

Caterpillars Removed This Morning

Brug

This evening I found three more.


Pumpkins and Insects

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Pumpkins

Pumpkins Before Rotating Them

Pumpkins

When I Rotated the Smaller of Two
Several Tiny Red Insects Scurried Away


Spider Mites on a Potted Brugmansia

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

And I have no idea who this is–

Not a Spider Mite

Brug in Pot

After the last flowers bloom, I plan to remove all of the leaves and then treat the Brug with systemic.


Moth and Roadrunner Henderson, NV

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Sphynx Moth

Sphynx Moth in Henderson, NV garden last night.

I was using the flashlight on my phone to locate the moth and then used the flash. The moth was bopping around from plant to plant. At one point it flew into my ankle.

Road Runner

Roadrunner above Henderson, NV garden this morning.

The roadrunner was rather far away and in the shade. I did a quick (HDR Scrape), not great edit in Snapseed. Need to dink around with the HDR Scrape to find best way to use it.

Roadrunner

There are two young Jack Rabbits in the garden that I have been unable to photograph. Too much fun to watch them, forget to take a photo.


Trapped and Rescued Cactus Buds and Blooms

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Rescued Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Cuttings August 2017

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bud About to Bloom

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bud About to Bloom Length

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom Evening Day 1

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Morning Day 2

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom and Second Bud

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Infestation

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Infestation Detail