Sunday, October 26, 2008

Orange-barred Sulphur caterpillar

Phoebis Philea (orange-barred Sulphur)...normally found "eating the leaves of woody sennas," per the book Florida Butterfly & Caterpillars-And Their Host Plants.
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3 comments:

GreenJeans said...

Beautiful pics! I think the sulphur caterpillars are cool. The sulphur butterflies are SO hard to get a decent picture of, they rarely sit still.

Hope you're feeling better! Ready for the cold night-time temps this week? I'm already wondering which plants are going to die back from it.

Gardening Fool said...

Thank you GJ! I know, it drives me mad every time I try to take a pic of them...I kinda gave up on it and decided to instead simply enjoy them...their flight patterns is kind of spastic and volatile, but they still look so pretty.

I am feeling better, and thanks for the good health wishes, hubby--on the other hand--is still not good. I think he has the bug I had last year, which for me lasted a full month! It really is bad and it breaks my heart to see him like this :--(

OH! Don't be so negative about your plants dying woman! Just bring any 'portable' seedlings inside for a few days and cover the ones you have on the ground...this little cold spell should not really kill any of your established plants...it may mess them up a bit, but trust me, they will come back.

I sort of modeled much of my garden based on what plants/trees have done well for many years (including during hard freezes) in the gardens of two people in my hood ☺ One is from Vietnam & the other from Korea. They have THE most amazing gardens and lots and lots of edibles, including fruit trees that all literature say cannot be grown here. So, fingers crossed, all will be well.

GreenJeans said...

Yep, I just watch the sulphurs too. I took some pics of the ones that we raised from caterpillars but never got an open-wing shot. Oh well!! :)

Glad you're feeling better & hope your hubby is on the mend soon.

I wasn't being negative about dying plants! LOL When a new plant goes in around my place, it gets a lecture: You are pretty much on your own. I don't 'do' cold weather so I won't be coming out to cover you. I'll water you sometimes during dry spells but don't count on me doing it every day. If you die, I'll miss you - I might replace you and I might not. Around here, it's all about survival of the fittest. Sheesh, it's a wonder anything grows here, right?

Sounds like your neighbors have wonderful gardens! :)