Just the back yard!? Nah, I want the front and side yards landscaped in natives too.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Changing Outfits

From July:

I was happy to find a couple of spicebush swallowtail caterpillars again this year.  After discovering them, I checked on them regularly.  What really thrilled me was the luck I had to get this photo:

Caught in the act...well, just after molting I guess--how cool is that!
Another day, I spotted his latest color change:


Rebecca said...

Lucky you! I keep battling the Bambis. If we're a day late spraying deer repellent on our three young spicebush, the next morning the plants are nibbled down to twigs. SIgh.

David said...

Sorry to hear that, Rebecca.

I've never noticed the deer being interested in the five spicebush I put in. Mine are not even protected. I guess there are other, more tasty morsels for them to munch on in the yard--my sassafras is finally tall enough to take the wire cage away from it and the tulip tree that the deer favor, however, I made the mistake of "un-caging" a beech tree before it was tall enough to be out of reach, and it was munched down by half within a day or so.