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Saturday wildlife!

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The ‘punky pillars’ or Garden Tiger Caja Woolly Bears are continually feeding & growing 

During the week the High Brown Firtillary pupae have hatched into beautiful butterflies 

This morning I managed to release some but 4 refused to come out of the cage or fly from my hand

Others will be released tomorrow morning. 

Luna & May made a small wildlife discovery in Mum’s garden this afternoon Luna: Hey May have you seen this?

May: what’s that , nose it a bit & see what happens 

Here’s what they were looking at

Baby spiders, yes Luna did nose it before we could hold her back

Yes those little spiders started moving in all directions! 

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Garden Tiger Caja Wooly Bear caterpillars 

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Here are the little ‘punk’ dudes, they are certainly living up to their woolly bear name, aren’t they. Don’t worry I did give them more food. They are busy eating all the dandelions in my garden, it’s getting harder to find some. My garden will soon be dandelion free. 

All the High brown fritillaries are now pupae 

They have been moved to their net cage ready for hatching. So watch this space. 

I’m getting tempted to order some more caterpillars, I will have to see what’s on offer & what I can easily feed. 

Time for another Caterpillar update. 

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Firstly the High Brown fritillary caterpillars 

By Sunday evening we have two making silk hammock on the lid of their container. 

By Monday morning they were hanging downwards. I was privileged to see the first one form part of its pupae case. It was fascinating to see it swing round & round. I still do not know how it did not fall off. 

On Tuesday we have two pupae & by today I have others starting the process. 

I also have a second bunch of caterpillars, garden tiger Cana woolly bears ( moth), I have had these for around two weeks 

They are so furry, I can see why they are known as woolly bears. 

Easter Gardening 

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We have been busy rebuilding the arches in the garden 

Plants have been taken outside to harden off

I’ve reported Stephen’s Lemon tree, I’ve picked a lemon & hope to turn it into a lemon drizzle cake. 

We had a new porch on the front of the house, as I do not have space for a greenhouse in the garden. I now have a small jungle 

My minature African Violets have arrived & are also living in the porch


We released the privet hawkmoth, it stayed on my hand for ages before flying off

Mum brought a lovely blanket back from holiday for me ( well that’s what Mum told me) Luna has taken it over. 

Once you have finished your gardening. We wish you a long rest ( like Luna) , Easter Blessings & a happy warm spring. 

Moth pupae 

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This week I’ve been setting up my moth pupae out for spring pupating ( or hatching), in a small net cage. I have a larger cage & I am now wondering if that might have been better. 

Here are the occupants 

A cinibar moth & an orange tip ( below)

And now we wait…..

Meanwhile, my willow food plant is now growing in the conservatory. I have yamamai silk moth eggs stored in the fridge, I’m going to keep them there until the willow outside starts to bud.