Category Archive for 'Caterpillars'

we carry on

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

First — Thanks everyone, for the wonderful stories, and remembrances which so many of you shared in the post about the passing of my husband, Don. It was great being able to read through your comments to see how Don’s life touched each of you. I encourage anyone who wishes, to add to [...]

late summer insect activity

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

a pair of Ambush Bugs (Phymata) in deep gold coloration of late summer
If it seems that I’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s true. As mentioned a few days back, after a hot, humid summer, I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler weather to do some house repairs and garden work. I’m just [...]

little surprises

Monday, September 10th, 2007

As mentioned awhile ago, I didn’t do any tagging of Monarchs this year. However, I did rear a few caterpillars from small larvae found in the gardens surrounding our house. When we made the sudden decision to leave for a week’s vacation in Nova Scotia, I had to decide what to do with [...]

International Rock-Flipping Day – Report and Updates

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

After returning home from our trip to Nova Scotia, I made a little tour of the yard, checking out the vegetable garden and insect activity, but also carefully turned a few rocks in honour of International Rock-Flipping Day. This is my report:
First stop was to take a look beneath one of the rocks around [...]

nothing wasted

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Yesterday, while I was picking vegetables and herbs to make a tomato pie, I discovered two Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) butterfly caterpillars in the Dill plants. That wasn’t really such a big surprise, but it was neat to find that one of the caterpillars had just molted (see above photo – click on all [...]

a few recent moth sightings

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Copper Underwing Moth (Amphipyra pyramidoides)
This summer, I havent’ been quite so diligent as intended when it comes to photographing night moths. Oh, I had great plans for this year, but by the time the moths come out in full force (usually around 10 p.m. or so), I don’t feel much like standing around [...]

three caterpillars

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

On Saturday, while out for my evening walk, I checked Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) leaves for signs of caterpillar feeding. In just one small area of a meadow, I was able to find three different species of caterpillars. I collected three leaves to create the above photograph (click on all photos for larger [...]