Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

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


Insects in the Garden

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Ladybug

Ladybug in Mum

Caterpillar

Caterpillar Eating Milkweed


Monarch Butterfly Emerged!

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly remained in the courtyard until nearly 6:00 pm. The last sighting, it was in the top of the Mimosa. Earlier in the day a Monarch butterfly flew through the courtyard. Hope that they found each other and will continue on their journey together.

The chrysalis was attached to a leaf of a potted Brugmansia. I broke off the leaf to get a better look at the empty chrysalis.

Empty Chrysalis

When I was looking at the numerous spider mites, I also noticed a clear caterpillar with a dark head. Altered the image to see the detail a bit more.

Monarch Caterpillar

I am surprised that any of my photos are in focus. Had my eyes dilated during my eye exam yesterday morning.

If it is a Monarch in the early stages, it will be hungry. I placed the Brug leaf in a plastic shoe box with fresh cut milkweed leaves for a snack.

Monarch Caterpillar

The Brugmansia is infested with spider mites. Waiting to give the Brug systemic until the Monarchs are gone. There are 5 additional Monarch caterpillars that have gone missing. Not all will successfully become a chrysalis and transform to become a lovely butterfly. That is one of the reasons why it was so important to see the butterfly emerge.

Brug in Pot

When I am certain they are gone, I will remove all of the leaves, and maybe cut it back as well, before giving it systemic.

Chrysalis


Monarch Chrysalis Update

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Several articles stated that Monarchs typically emerge from their chrysalis in 10-14 days. The chrysalis was formed on September 26, 2017.

Patiently waiting…

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar, Morning, September 26, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar as Chrysalis, 4 hours later, September 26, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Morning, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Morning, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 1:30, October 12, 2017
Orange on wings can now be seen.

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 2:10, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 2:30, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 2:45, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 3:00, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 3:30, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 4:30, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 4:30, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 5:00, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 5:00, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Afternoon 5:00, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Evening 6:00, October 12, 2017

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis, Evening 6:00, October 12, 2017

Unfortunately it has been a bit windy and the chrysalis bobs about. Definitely difficult to take a clear image with the iPad.

It does not appear the butterfly will emerge today.


Caterpillar, Milkweed Pod, Seed

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Caterpillar and Seedpod

Monarch Caterpillar Eating Milkweed Pod
September 23, 2017

Milkweed Seedpod

Milkweed Pod
September 29, 2017


Chrysalis Updates

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Chrysalis, Windy Morning September 29, 2017

Even though the image is not in focus, it is interesting to see the chrysalis from a different perspective.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

Chrysalis, Another Windy Morning September 30, 2017

Chrysalis

Chrysalis, Monday Morning October 9, 2017, and Unfortunately Spider Mites
Chrysalis

More Monarch Caterpillars

Chrysalis