If there’s one plant that I’m always guaranteed to have larvae on every year, it’s Pearly Everlasting. I’ve already raised one generation of American Ladies on this plant and now I’ve got even more larvae. I’m hoping that all those spikes on the caterpillar will keep away all the wasps that seem to be in the garden.
I brought some cabbage white larvae inside to show to a group and a couple of days later when I looked at them I saw all these cocoons in a bunch. I can’t quite figure out how they got there since I didn’t see them before. Right now I’ve got the cocoons in a sealed container to see what emerges – we’ll keep you posted. There’s also that little red blob near the top – I’m not sure what that is either. I’m guessing these are wasps. The larvae were inside one of my caterpillars and emerged in this form.
After a cold long winter, Mother Nature is finally showing up in my butterfly gardens. One of the nice things about having a butterfly garden are all the other critters that show up even when butterflies are scarce. Here’s what I saw today.
Since it’s early in the season, it’s always fun to see a butterfly which is willing to pose for the camera. This American Lady really seems to enjoy the nectar from the Nepeta – Walkers Low. This is one of my favorite nectar plants these days and will bloom most of the summer. I also have some larvae on my Pearly Everlasting so I’m assuming that the Lady is responsible.
There are some great plant sales coming up in St. Louis. I will post all the sales I find on this page.
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery – Kirkwood Farmers Market – Lots of Native Plants.
Kirkwood MO, 150 East Argonne
Saturdays throughout April and May 4: 9am – 4pm Give us your order in advance, or browse through our selection at the Market.
April 20th – 9 to noon – Plant Sale and More – University of Missouri Extension – 260 Brown Road – St. Peters MO 63376-636-970-3000