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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hooray! I Have Massive Plant Damage

Exciting things are happening in the garden. Last week my Corky-stem passionvine looked like this . . .
If you look close you can see two Zebra Longwings on the upper left and lower right. 

Today it looks like this . . .

And we have these 3 newborns who will soon be fluttering around . . .


You can see the pupae they emerged from right above them. In fact, we counted over 20 empty pupae. How exciting!  All this on one single passionvine. I didn't realize they would attach their pupa onto the passion vine. Now that I know, I'll have to watch more closely to see them emerging. 

I hope they discover the other passionvine in the garden so this one can recuperate a bit. Who would ever think a gardener could be so excited over massive plant damage in the garden. From the perspective of a gardener who plants with the hope of attracting wildlife . . . Massive plant damage is a good thing and a 'BIG HOORAY' that you're on the right track!




8 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I thought, what the heck is she celebrating for if she has massive plant damage. Then when I saw the pictures and read your post, I saw. Boy, they sure devoured the plant didn't they. That looks like a great plant to have. I'll see if I can find it here.

Happy summer gardening ~ keep cool and hydrated ~ FlowerLady

janiceflorida said...

Hooray, indeed! Good for you, I want some of that kind of destruction also.

Elizabeth (*eli*) said...

Talk about a "one stop does it all"! I didn't know they would attach their pupa onto the passion vine either. I've never noticed mine to do that . . . I'll have to pay closer attention. :-)

Jean Campbell said...

Longwings! Always exciting to see them.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Oh, Susan - from your title, I thought you were being sarcastic, lol and was wondering if you had a big storm or something. Well - I am happy to see a most positive reason for your plant damage! That is exciting! I am always thrilled to witness something new to me going on in the garden and I love hearing about your new arrivals!

Leslie Kimel said...

I remember when I planted my first passionvine, I was so excited when the butterflies discovered it. But soon it was completely leafless and there were still a bunch of caterpillars on it. I was so worried about the hungry caterpillars that I went driving around from nursery to nursery looking for another passionvine to feed them. Of course they ate that one too, but it still wasn't enough. I ended up buying three passionvines that year. Luckily, it's such a pretty plant. You can never have too many.

Susan said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. It's so nice to have friends who understand this kind of quirky behavior.

Meems G said...

So fun when the butterflies do their damage-thing on the host plants we put in just for them. Love to see the Zebra longwings fluttering about in the garden.

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