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!
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.
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.
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.
Meet Luna’s pets, she takes her supervisorary role very seriously.
These caterpillars are about 3 weeks old now. They are High Brown Fitillary butterflies ( hopefully)
The Privet Hawk moths have started to hatch. We are not finding the moths as interesting as butterflies as they sleep during the day.
We’ve been looking after Mums for a few days Luna & May had new toys. Sadly at least one has come to its fluffy end ( they killed it & ripped out its stuffing)
Luna & May have been helping me in my garden they are worn out. Even the post man could creep up on them, probably not.
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.