I’ve been checking my Milkweed plants daily for caterpillars. The Tropical Milkweed has beautiful little clumps of flowers.
Unfortunately, they are a favorite of the tiny caterpillars. Either that or it is much safer for them there. I am just starting to get blooms again. I just have to keep them from being eaten by aphids or the little guys.
During my hunt…I run into lots of interesting things…like this Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle. It looks like a giant Ladybug. I’ve been seeing things that look a bit like a short slug and turns out it is an immature Leaf Beetle.
Then there is the Large Milkweed Bug….when the little ones hatch there is a mass of small red bugs. They are usually in the buds so they get removed.
Today I found this little guy….I tried looking it up…but no luck. So if you recognize it…let me know.
It’s a beauty…whatever it is. Probably preys on little caterpillars. I went back to find it but it was gone.
This little fellow was only about 3/4 of an inch long. I believe it is the Florida native Green Tree Frog. We used to have them all over the place but the invasive Cuban Tree Frogs started taking over. This is the second one I’ve seen so far. I hope they are making a come back.
I was getting a couple of Giant Milkweed ready to go in the Butterfly House. I wanted to water and feed them good and make sure no ants had made their home in the pots. This pair of Tussuck Moth caterpillars were on the underside of one of the leaves. Aren’t they cute? They look like little fluffy dogs or something. I read that they are usually found in large numbers but I only found these two. Guess I need to check the other plants. I don’t mind having a few …but can’t afford to have them eat all the milkweed.
I also found these eggs. I am hopeing they are Lady Beetle eggs. Gotta keep watch on them too.
I probably wouldn’t have noticed any of these of I hadn’t been hunting for caterpillars…..so…..get out there and really start looking your plants over. You never know what you will find.