July 25 observations

Lab Note #10
Jul 25, 2014

There are so many insects at the garden, that it's hard to pick a favorite. The butterflies are definitely the charismatic minifauna (and get the majority of the attention), but the little bee fly (above) is probably my favorite critter out there.

Also fun, are the caterpillars (!) in the dill. I easily found three black swallowtail caterpillars today and all were different instars. This one (below) was the largest, and had already destroyed an entire dill plant on its own. This picture captures the moment the dill frond slipped from the caterpillar's grasp and its subsequent attempt to retrieve it. It was adorable, but you maybe had to be there.

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