Off Topic...unusual visitor to the garden
This is chapter 2 of the "happy bees" posting... Having to do with a healthy yard. It's not related to Hippeastrum, so skip it if you aren't interested!!
I was trimming my Navel N-33 orange tree yesterday and found the most unusual caterpillar I've ever seen. Online it's described as looking like a bird dropping, and I have to agree it does look like a big bird poop. Others say it looks like a snake...apparently it has a bright red tongue that is forked (not sure if it's really a tongue) and it omits a horrible stench when threatened, which thankfully I haven't experienced yet.
It's a caterpillar from a giant swallowtail butterfly. I've been out looking for more, but only found the one. They can really strip the leaves off of an orange tree. My tree is big enough to withstand the assault, and I'm more interested in protecting the caterpillar!
See the link below for photos of the butterfly and the "bird poo" caterpillar!
K Edited to add photo
Here is a link that might be useful: Life cycle of the Giant Swallowtail
This post was edited by kaboehm on Sun, Jul 6, 14 at 8:37