Fall is all around here, what with leaves starting to drop, but the heavenly cool weather we were having has passed on, and it's pretty warm today and somewhat cloudy, too.
I'm still raising my buckeyes. I think this cool weather we've had slows down their eating and growth, but today's warm weather should speed things up - only three appear to be fifth instar.
There are sulphurs in the garden, but only one ipevine swallowtail cat left-
The pipevines are making new growth, so I could raise some more caterpillars. There were two tattered male pipevine swallowtails flitting around one tattered female today, so maybe they've got something left and can leave me some eggs that will make up my overwintering chrysalides. I've got a few chrysalides, but I'm thinking they may emerge soon - if they do, then maybe they can give me more eggs.
I ordered and planted a 'Miss Huff' lantana up by the main road. I wanted to have something for butterflies to nectar on up that way, but it has to be real tough - it gets real hot and dry there, so I thought lantana was the best thing.
When I went to check on it, I found this poor bumblebee being taken by this large, green spider -
If anybody knows what type type spider this is, let me know.
There are still hordes of gulf frit cats on what's left of the passionvines. I've noticed that those emerging lately are smaller, so I assume that 'Incense' is the reason. The P. incarnata is all gone, so all they've had to eat is the hybrid 'Incense' - they look healthy, though.
Asters are blooming here everywhere, and I noticed lots of rabbit tobacco/Gnaphalium obtusifolium growing and blooming alongside the Agalinis I'm gathering for my buckeyes. I'm getting Agalinis from a site close to here where it's in profusion, so I won't have to cut off the flowers and future seeds of those growing on my property. If American ladies would just return from wherever they go, they could lay eggs on this host plant and make their cute little nest.