caterpillars

I’m tired of sharing, ok?

I’m just sayin’.

I like butterflies and moths as much as the next guy. I have planted a garden full of butterfly, bird and bee-friendly plants.
And now I am paying the price! The top photo used to a be a beautiful purple Datura, blooming just a few nights ago. Then one morning, Poof!

All gone.

Then there are the tomato hornworms that are making a stalk-y mess of my tomatoes. I am picking them off daily and just moving them elsewhere now.
All my veggies are under attack, as are many perennials throughout the garden. These are radishes being eaten alive.
My parsley is devoid of foliage, but full of swallowtail caterpillars and their remnants.
Someone likes the ruhbarb, too, though I haven’t harvested any for ME yet!
And the swiss chard must also be tasty to the caterpillars because it is full of holes, too.
Out in the rest of the garden, the cannas and the variegated shell ginger are being assaulted. I pruned some mangled canna leaves and found fuzzy white moth caterpillars on them — but I couldn’t determine which moths they will become. I relocated them and their leaves to the woods, too. Boy did those little buggers move fast! They knew I had a hold of their leaves and they were running for their lives, but I let them be…just somewhere ELSE!

I didn’t take pictures of the Moy Grande Hibiscus with little holes all over it from beetles or the Missouri Violets, Coneflowers and Silver Ponyfoot being eaten by the little baby bucks.

Sharing schmaring!

Someone’s coming to dinner…

My parsley in the veggie garden has surpassed the term ‘plant.’

It’s really a bush, now.

A very large, burgeoning bush.

Bursting forth with green growth all over.

It’s easily 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide.

But look who’s come to dinner to help take care of that for me!

My big, burgeoning bush is covered with caterpillars, having a big ol party!

I caught this guy actually eating on the parsley. I could see him chomping – jaws and all!

I want to pull out the parsley because it’s taking up so much garden space, but I guess I’ll have to wait until the party’s over! I have watermelons that would like that piece of soil, but they are just gonna have to wait their turn, I guess.

By | 2016-04-14T02:42:31+00:00 May 20th, 2010|Blog, caterpillars, parsley, Sharing Nature's Garden|0 Comments

Gross … really gross!

Can you say ewwwwwww?

I moved the Agapanthus, so THIS is what Dakota dug up out of the grass this week.

Disgusting. Fat and juicy and nasty. With a long spiny thing on the end. It was about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch fat. Not sure if it is a caterpillar or what, but it gave me nightmares, seriously. I suspect it’s a Giant Silk Moth caterpillar of some sort. Seems they get dug out of the grass, but I wasn’t willing to scroll too far through Google to confirm the exact kind.

Sigh.
And then she went outside and found a mushroom somewhere and as a result, threw up twice inside yesterday afternoon.

Sigh.

WHAT is with this dog??!!!!!

By | 2016-04-14T02:42:37+00:00 November 21st, 2009|Blog, caterpillars, Dakota, digging, Sharing Nature's Garden|0 Comments

The worms are here, the worms are here …

Photo by: Eric Siegmund

Well, they really aren’t worms, they are caterpillars of the adult moth, the Oak Leaf Roller. The moth is about 1/2 inch long and has brown wings and brown markings.

In May, the moths lay their eggs on Texas Live Oaks. The eggs stay there for an amazingly long 10 months, until they begin to hatch in mid-March. And they are here. Now. I had my first sighting in the back yard moments ago as I almost walked right into one dangling from an oak tree in the back yard.
And they do dangle — down from the oak trees by the gazillions (well, maybe a few less than that) and make it almost impossible to pass under an oak without having green, squishy, squirmy caterpillars in your hair, and on your clothes, and everywhere you can imagine. These little caterpillars feed on the tender new Spring growth of the oak trees through late April. They can literally defoliate an entire tree. But they are a sight to behold if stand a little to the side of them!
Then they form the pupae stage and in early May, and the moths come out and then they start laying eggs again and the whole cycle starts all over again.
While you can control them with BT, or Bacillus Thuringiensis, we’ve never really needed to use it. The oaks are hearty, and while I’m sure they don’t like being eaten on, they bounce right back for the most part, so we just watch where we walk for a month and leave the moths alone to complete their life cycle. It’s another part of Spring, much like the flowering of daffodils, quince and Texas bluebonnets.
Then there is the new oak growth and the neon-green, powdery pollen that covers everything in a thick blanket of green dust … but that’s another post!