August 03, 2008
Even with the Japanese Beetles voraciously eating anything in sight (including the vegetable garden - which they have never bothered before), I did come up with a couple of pictures:
Since these pictures were taken, the squash and pumpkin plants have tried to take over the world. The pumpkins had WS convinced that they were some big-leaf sort of weed. It took some doing to convince him otherwise. He did have a point, the pumpkin plants are not producing any fruit - just flowers. Actually, I looked yesterday at it seems a few of the flowers might have pollinated.
I don't know if this guy was just snoozing or getting ready to spin a cocoon, but it sure was cool to see (and a miracle I saw him at all). If I can remember what plant I saw him on, I'll check to see if he's still there (I know which flower garden I saw him in - that only leaves about 50 plants to check).
We had more rain last night, so maybe I'll actually start planting some of the potted stuff which will provide for new picture opportunities next year.
Bogie--Your "guy" looks like a monarch, to me. Monarchs (or, at least, caterpillers that I identify as monarchs) around here will chew on dill weed, if it's around. One always associates monarchs with milkweed! I'll welcome corrections in identification, from you or your other readers.
Posted by: Cop Car at Aug 3, 2008 11:13:27 AM
I belive it is a Monarch caterpiller also. I don't remember the plant he was on; I don't have dill and I know it wasn't on milkweed - otherwise that would have been easy to remember, and more expected. It also wasn't on butterfly weed, which I also would have remembered as that is also in the same family (or genus or something), as milkweed.
Posted by: bogie at Aug 3, 2008 1:11:52 PM
Speaking of gardens, I wanted to let you know that we cut back the rugosa rose to about 12" and then held our collective breaths. I thought we had killed it off, but mid-summer I realized that there was some new growth. I'm going to water it regularly into Fall, to encourage it to come back next Spring. It's looking very good. THanks for the advice!
Posted by: buffy at Aug 16, 2008 5:05:29 PM