Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

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!

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