Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

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


Bees Buzzing and Brugs

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

When I was painting shelves in the backyard, I heard a constant buzzing. I looked up at the Brugmansia in bloom above me. Bees were everywhere.

1 Bee

1 Bee

2 Bees

2 Bees

3 Bees

3 Bees

3 Bees

What were they doing???


A New Little Project–Monarch Caterpillars

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

I was away for a few weeks. When I returned, the first garden task was to cut the milkweed plants to the ground. I cut the first one. And just as I was about to cut the second plant I saw a small monarch caterpillar. Shouldn’t really be here in December. The temperature was to drop to the high 30s, so I cut some milkweed leaves and placed them and the caterpillar in a small jar.

Cat in Jar

Cat

Every day I clean the jar. Then replace the dried milkweed leaves with fresh cut leaves.

The caterpillar is still small, but I suspect it is twice the size it was when I found it.

I hope that it completes the caterpillar part of the cycle before I run out of milkweed leaves.

2017 December 29 Update
When cutting leaves for the little cat, I found another one. I brought it in. Now there are two.

Cats

2018 January 02 Update
Ran out of Milkweed leaves to feed to the Monarch caterpillars. Google search found several Monarch sites suggesting the use of slices of squash, pumpkin, and cucumbers as an alternative food source.

Squash

Sliced Squash

Jar Set Up

Squash in New Jar Set Up

Cats in Jar

Caterpillars in Jar with Squash

Cat on Squash

An Hour in New Home
Caterpillar Tasting Squash

2018 January 04 Update

Cats

2018 January 05 Update

Squash Eaten

Caterpillar Eaten Squash

Fresh Squash

Fresh Squash and Clean Room


Texas Butterfly Ranch

Butterfly Fun Facts

Monarch Grove Pismo Beach, California/a>


Third Monarch Chrysalis

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Been checking the second Monarch chrysalis daily since finding it October 16, 2017.

New Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis Attached to an Angel Wing Begonia Leaf

Today when I was removing unwanted cabbage moth caterpillars from one of my variegated Brugmansia, I found another Monarch chrysalis. It may be newly formed since it still has its skin attached.

Third Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis Attached to Variegated Brugmansia Leaf
Morning October 19, 2017

I have yet to see the full transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis. There is a fun video of the transformation on the Monarch Butterfly Garden site. It is amazing to watch!

Yes, the Brug has spider mites. Everything loves Brugs. When I am certain the Monarchs have continued on their journey, I can treat the Brugs.


Datura, Pods, and a New Chrysalis

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Two Datura–different foliage, different flowers, and different seed pods.

Datura Purple

Datura Ballerina Double Purple

Datura Purple

Datura Ballerina Double Purple, October 18, 2017

Datura Purple Pod

Datura Ballerina Double Purple Seed Pod

Datura Volunteer

Volunteer Datura

Datura Volunteer

Volunteer Datura, October 18, 2017

Datura Volunteer

Volunteer Datura With Seed Pod

Datura Volunteer

Volunteer Datura Pod

Datura Volunteer

Volunteer Datura Seed Pod

Found a New Monarch Chyrsalis

New Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis Attached to an Angel Wing Begonia Leaf