Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Isn't it ironic that it was eating our parsley ?
Well, not really. thankfully we found him in time
and relocated him to better plants, so that
our parsley can be harvested for
our tummies instead of his tummy.
HA !

Papilio polyxenes; parsleyworm -- These creatures feed on plants in the carrot stage and have many common names -- carrotworm, dillworm, laceworm. They are quite spectacular to see -- green and black bands with bright neon yellow spots.

The best part is that they grow into Eastern Black Swallowtail butterflies, of which we have plenty.

For more information on Parsleyworms
and Easter Black Swallowtail butterflies,
click here .

This yellow bug was found to be munching on the leaves of our greenbeans. YIKES !! So we will have to deal with it. Fortunately, there were only a few ... and we have removed them (the chickens were happy to "meet" them) ... and so far we have not found any more.

Epilachna varivestis; Mexican Bean Beetle -- Beetles in the genus Epilachna are the 'black sheep' of the ladybird beetle family, munching on vegetable plants rather than on the aphids attacking the plants. For more information on the Mexican Bean Beetle, click here .

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