Buckeye and Monarch Cats
I was down by the main road yesterday, so I decided to check out the size/growth of Agalinis fasciulata, the only plant I've ever found a buckeye caterpillar on. I've planted many other members of the snapdragon family, including snapdragons themselves, with no results, also the native petunia/Ruellia carolinensis, equally futile. I'm not giving up on the petunias, though, because they're still new, and buckeyes don't usually show up until late summer, early fall. By the way, R. carolinensis volunteers freely - I've been potting up the small plants to plant in the "meadow" up by the main road where the Agalinis grows. This is a very vigorous plant, grows quickly, makes the longest tap root I've ever seen, and makes beautiful blue/purple flowers. Hopefully, if the pretty petunias grow by the Agalinis, the buckeyes will get the message that they're supposed to lay eggs on this plant! :)
Here's the first tiny little hatchling buckeye cats of the year -
The monarch eggs are hatching out, leaving the tell-tale holes in the leaves. Here's a picture of two, although one is too blurry to be seen -
I'm seriously thinking about buying a new camera, probably a Panasonic Lumix like Mary in Arkansas has. It's really difficult to get a good picture with this $100 camera.