Archive for August, 2006

go away and leave me alone!

Friday, August 11th, 2006

This morning, when I wrote the first piece about Black Swallowtail caterpillars, I forgot to mention something rather interesting about their behaviour and appearance. Fortunately, I was reminded this afternoon when my mother, who has been visiting and became involved in the daily caterpillar chores, noticed that the Swallowtail caterpillar “grew horns” when disturbed. I […]

black swallowtail caterpillar

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Yesterday, while out for my afternoon insect walk, I came across a Black Swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes) feeding on Queen Anne’s Lace flowers. This summer, we’ve seen more Black Swallowtail butterflies than in all previous years combined. Once again, I’m sure this must come down to excellent growing conditions for caterpillar food plants and perhaps […]

hummingbird clearwing moth

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Second post for the day and this should be it until tomorrow unless I see something that just can’t wait to be shared. Yesterday afternoon, while bringing in clothes off the line that stretches over the perennial beds, I caught sight of an interesting visitor to the garden — a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe). […]

the social caterpillar

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Before I go on to post today’s short piece, here’s an update on the Monarch caterpillars along with a bit of musing over their social behaviour. Above is a typical scene that plays out here each morning. I take each tray of caterpillars out to the yard, remove them, toss out all of the old […]

great changes

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

This morning when I checked on the Monarch caterpillars, the first chrysalis was looking very different. Gone was the bright spring green. Now the chrysalis was very transparent and the wings and abdomen of the butterfly could be easily seen (click on image to see larger view). I decided to move the square of screen, […]

a naughty photo

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Surprised? Shocked? Well, there’s a chance that some 25% of visitors to this blog would have been if I’d posted the uncensored photo of one of my favourite goats from the days when we kept a dairy herd here at the farm. So, why did I post this “naughty” photo here at Burning Silo? Read […]

paddling along the tay

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Saturday morning, we put our canoe in the Tay River at Last Duel Park in Perth. And yes, there really was a duel at that site back in 1833 — and yup, somebody died. You can read more about the duel and see a map of the town on this page. The park with the […]