Last Monarch Pupa

Today may mark the end of the monarch butterfly season in my yard. This pupa is the very last that I’ve found. He attached himself to the end post of the rail on my front steps on September 22nd. Then shed his caterpillar skin, leaving it perched on top of his pupa form like a…

Waiting

I recently noticed someone new in the flowering vine that is twined around my porch rail. She is probably not new at all. I just hadn’t discovered her yet. She is so well camouflaged that I might not have ever seen her, if it weren’t for the large bright meal she was enjoying one day….

It’s A Girl!

This morning I stepped out on the screened porch to check on the monarch pupae that are hanging out there. We make sure to leave most of the caterpillars in our yard alone- but this year we raised a few. It is really hard not to pick up a caterpillar that is lumbering around right…

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…

Fig Bonanza

Figs are in and Tortellini couldn’t be happier! Our wild tangle of trees usually bear two crops of fruit each year, but this year a cold winter prevented the early crop. Over the past couple of weeks our tortoise has been making up for lost time. He devours them so fast, it is hard to…