Hungry Caterpillars

My yard is filled with many little caterpillar faces peeking out from under milkweed leaves. They munch with such concentration that they do not seem to notice me peering at them. It’s as if they know the milkweed supply is dwindling and they’d better eat fast. I originally thought the large hairy brown caterpillar above…

Bearded Snail

Our milkweed has much more than Monarch Caterpillars feeding on it. I am constantly finding new inhabitants. This wet summer has been great for the snails, I love watching them look at things with their round eyes atop stretchy stalks. I don’t know anything about identifying them, so for now, I am calling this one…

Milkweed Rules

Years ago, on the afternoon of my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, I asked her how it went. “Not good,” she said. “There are too many rules.” “Rules are ok,” l said. “We have rules.” “No we don’t.” “Sure we do,” I paused, trying to think of one. “Don’t hurt others… that’s a rule.” “Well,…

Bees in the Pool

This year we added honey bees to our yard. They promptly took over one of our bird baths- spiraling down for a drink and a waggling conversation with the bee next to them. Since it was difficult to have a proper bee conversation on a narrow rim of slippery glass, they left the glass bird…

Goats and A Swallowtail

The goats were really playful this morning and I thought I would get a few pictures, but they were way too interested in what I was holding…James …and in eating my shirt. Well, my husband’s shirt- that I had tossed on to keep the mosquitoes off my arms (sorry about that). They were clearly insulted…