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July 28, 2018

I'll start this post with swallowtails.  Who doesn't love those?  I was treated with a Zebra swallowtail sighting a few days ago.  He was fast moving, so I had a hard time getting a great photo. These are one of the rarer butterflies in my garden.   Pawpaws are the only host plant for these beauties.  I've been trying to find a dwarf pawpaw for sale, so I can add one to the garden.  I don't have room for the common pawpaw which grows around 15 to 20 feet tall.

 I was fortunate to capture a great shot of my more common butterfly, the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  They use several types of host plants like dill and parsley which I have planted just for them. 

 I was disappointed to see the milkweed beetles again.  I have a yellow milkweed that seeded in a pot. They eat the leaves of the plants and I suspect the caterpillar young, too.  I can't find any direct reference to them being carnivorous, but they appeared to be eating small caterpillars on my milkweed a few years ago. I'll leave them alone for now.  Maybe, a bird will try one.  I was lucky with my Yellow Knockout roses.  They had a few Japanese beetles this year.  One day I saw a cardinal repeatedly flying down from a nearby Pine tree to the roses.  I've not seen any more beetles since!      

 Giant wasp?  I think this is a Giant cicada killer.  Two have been flying low around the lantana hedge this year.  I love hearing the cicadas.  When they are really loud it's all encompassing, just late summer Mother Nature sounds.   That's much better than hearing any traffic. 

 

  

 

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