As the title implies, this is the first in a series of I don’t know how many with a few images from our yard.
Milkweed is considered a pest by many. But we encourage a few “Pet Milkweeds” to live among our flowers as they provide the BEST scent among all…even nicer than our peonies. If you’ve never smelt a milkweed flower start sniffing at your local patch.
But the caterpillars are what this post is about. We all are familiar with the Monarch Butterfly’s colorful caterpillar found exclusively on milkweed.This year we have been enjoying another colorful and decidedly hairier little cat…the Milkweed Tussock Moth larva.These sweet little bottle brushes can make a milkweed leaf disappear in several blinks of the eye. Voracious little herbivore piranhas, the leaf goes in one end and a pile of little frass nuggets appear from the other on the leaf below. And they work well as a team too.Actually some leaves are covered with them…maybe a dozen or two crawling over the upper and lower surfaces making the leaf disappear quicker than a Nathan’s hotdog at an eating contest.