Monday, September 25, 2017

And then there were three - the caterpillar saga continues



I am going to admit that it has been a bit depressing to go from nine caterpillars to three. I don't know what is happening. I've seen some of them wander off into the peony plants right next to the milkweed, so I've been looking to see if I can see if they formed chrysalises in my peonies, but so far nothing. I'm not sure that is because my peonies are so dense or they just aren't there. Once again, I am tempted to intervein and take them inside but I'm not sure that is any better for them. I wish I could see just one form and hatch, but unless I do I won't be sharing any more updates.

I did find two interesting things this last time out to my garden. First, I received a fall strawberry. It was yummy.


There was also a moth hanging out in the garden


8 comments:

  1. Um... I hope those caterpillars aren't getting eaten by birds or something!

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  2. uh oh - hopefully they are just hanging around somewhere you can't see them

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  3. I attended a Monarch Butterfly class at our local library, presented by the Master Gardeners of our county. And yep, they said it's birds. I'm sorry, since you've learned to love these creepy crawlies. Maybe there is some sort of netting to tent over, so your three will continue to thrive?

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  4. Aww I hope they are there somewhere and thriving. The strawberry looks very cute and sweet :-)

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  5. Oooo, that's a pretty moth and yums! Fall strawberries! Our strawberries are about one week from being done for the year. Our Mom knows someone who is a "bug" person and he suggests that caterpillars usually hide themselves pretty well when deciding where to cocoon, and that cocooning isn't meant to be a spectator sport. Hey, that's just what he said. Maybe your caterpillars know this.

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  6. Well, as someone once told me...it's nature and there's not much you can do about it. I hope these 3 make it, though.

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  7. It's a tough world for caterpillars and ducklings. The head peep says that's why they make so many of each, so some of them make it. We hope your remaining caterpillars make it so they can become beautiful butterflies.

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  8. Hopefully, Colehaus Cats is right about the caterpillars.

    The strawberry does look good!

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