Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Second Look--July 24, 2013

As I sat down to write this post, I just saw a fox trot across the yard. That is a somewhat unusual occurrence for daytime and it got all of the cats on alert. I'm glad there is a window between them.

The days continue to be warm and humid with an occasional thunderstorm. On my way inside one day as one of these storms began, I discovered both tussock moth caterpillars and monarch butterfly caterpillars on the milkweed. I hope that we will eventually see a monarch emerge from a cocoon, but it's not looking too promising right now. Despite our best efforts, the tussocks outnumber the monarchs 100/1. Also, there have been two more eggs added to the sparrows nest and the mama is sitting on them. The day lilies and tiger lilies continue to bloom as well as the marigolds and daisies. (And the beetles continue to feast on them.) Many butterflies are fluttering by-especially around the tiger lilies. It's a beautiful time of year.

Here are a few of the things I saw this week during a Second Look.

Day lily

Black swallowtail on tiger lily

Hibiscus buds

Tiger swallowtail on tiger lily


Day lily

Left: Monarch caterpillar eating from behind. Right: Tussock caterpillars eating, eating, eating.

Sparrow's nest. Two eggs and more feathers have been added since last week.