Saturday, June 02, 2012
Rue - who knew?
Yesterday, while toodling about in the garden, planting the rest of the new additions that my mother brought me from North Carolina (azalea, gooseneck loosestrife, ageratum, and two kinds of iris) I found these two intriguing caterpillars. Both of them were sitting on stems of rue. I'd heard plenty of hedge-witchery about rue, but never that it was the home of choice for caterpillars.
After consulting Bear's field manual, we found out that the above yellow and black one will metamorphose into a Queen Monarch butterfly. The much smaller one, below, I'm not sure about. And today, after a crashing thunderstorm last night, I discovered that the wee black one is no longer there, but another Queen Monarch is.
I'm hoping that they stay where we can see them form their chrysalis(es)...(ii)...(?)... we've never seen butterflies being born here in our garden before! I'm very excited about it.
*** LATER NOTE ***
Apparently, lots of people already knew about the connection between rue and caterpillars. HERE is one site. HERE is another. Learn something new every day!