Monday, September 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars

Are starting to spread themselves out. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pipevine Swallowtails Hatched

I love the way they cuddle when young. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Such a lousy photo! Sorry!

Today was the nuptial flight of the termites. First there is rain (just a little in this case) then sun, then the termites come out of the ground,  and fly off to find a mate. 

I always wondered why I never saw any animals taking advantage of this dense display of insect protein packets. Until Today. Today a dragon fly was catching them on the wing. Seems like it would have been so much easier to sit on the ground and eat them. But a dragon fly never does that! It creates a basket with its legs and catches insects in the basket while it flies. 

Did you see the termites today? 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caterpillar ID

I think I figured out what that caterpillar is that I posted about on August 15. Genista Broom Moth. More info here.

I found some on lupine a couple of days ago. And someone else reported caterpillars on Genista. I am assuming that they are all the same species.