Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nature Photos from the Yard

The cross vine is still blooming.  Ours has climbed all the way to the top of our red oak tree fifty feet or so.  I only see the fallen flowers on the ground.  The rest will have to be enjoyed by the birds.  Hummingbirds should like these!

The grand kids, Rose and Mirin, found this unusual caterpillar that looks like lichens.  It's the Ilia Underwing moth.  It eats only oaks.  The caterpillar rests on oak bark around patches of lichens when not feeding on the leaves.  The kids were impressed by it's distinctive purple belly.

The Calycanthus floridus, or sweetshrub (not a typo - there really is no space) started flowering last week.  It has a strong, spicy fragrance. 

1 comment:

  1. Love the lichen colored caterpillar! Unusual shade of green for a caterpillar.