butterflies · caterpillars

Caterpillar Cocoon Watch-Post 3

Just as I expected, the one on the axe handle was in chrysalis stage by the time I got up this morning.  I had read that some will be green, some will be brown.  Well, the one on the trash can is green, the one on the axe handle is brown.  Now, we will just wait for the butterflies to emerge.  Hopefully, I won’t miss it.  (just a reminder: you can click on each photo, then click it again, to supersize it, and really see the details)

butterflies · caterpillars

Caterpillar Cocoon Watch, Post 2

So, I went out about 6:00 pm and took these photos of the one on the trashcan.  Not much noticeable difference, if any.

I go out about 9:15 pm, and this is what I find.  Dang! I missed the magic.

The one on the axe still looks pretty much the same.  But, I bet when I get up in the morning, it will be a chrysalis, too.

I was really wanting to see the chrysalis emerge.  The skin splits open from the head down…not sure where it goes…and it comes out a chrysalis.  Wish it would’ve done it while I was watching!

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Caterpillar Cocoon Watch

Yay! I have been trying to find where my swallowtail caterpillars go, when they go into the chrysalis stage.  Luckily, I walked out onto the patio with my son, as he was getting ready to go mow a lawn.  I happened to look down at the trash can, right before he went to load it up in his pickup.  He is not very happy with me, as I wouldn’t let him take the trash can.  But, he can get over it.

Then, just inches away from this one, I saw this!

The axe is not usually out on the patio, but aforementioned son had it out one day last week, and failed to put it back in the shed.  It will be fun to get to watch the whole process, for once. Stay tuned for updates!

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Caterpillars and Dill

I think I get more search hits on my blog, especially this time of year, about “caterpillars and dill” than I do quilting.  Back when I first started this blog, I posted several posts about the Swallowtail butterflies and the caterpillars they begin life as, as I have dill and parsley planted, just so I can watch them.  So, I thought I’d share some new pics from the garden.  If you find caterpillars happily munching your dill and parsley, this is what they will eventually become, given the chance.  This one is drying it’s wings, having recently emerged from the cocoon you can see behind it.

This is one I saw a couple of days before.

Some consider them pests in their garden, but I enjoy watching them go through their life cycle every year.  Now, if I could just figure out how to stop the birds from eating the caterpillars.  THAT is the trouble I’m having this year.

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Caterpillar Post!

I haven’t posted any caterpillar posts on my blog, in quite awhile.  However, if you put “caterpillar”, “swallowtail”, “butterfly” or “butterflies” in the search box in the upper right corner, you will find several older posts with lots of pics of the black swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars, that I like to watch in my yard.  I plant dill and parsley for them every year, and I get lots of caterpillars.  However, I had never been able to find one making it’s chrysalis.  Until today!!  I have had some trouble with birds finding them, and when they do, they just wipe out the whole lot of them.  So, when I found this last batch on my parsley, I put some chicken wire over them to keep the birds out.  I also hoped that they might use it to attach themselves to, when they were ready to make their chrysalis.  Nope, they’ve been crawling off somewhere else.  Yesterday, Greg noticed a smaller one hanging on the underside of the wire.  It’s a smaller one, so I thought maybe it was just hanging there to molt it’s skin.  I checked on it this morning, and it was still there, and I thought I could see a strand of silk looking stuff.  So, I took some pics, just in case.  These were taken before we left for Sunday School.  Oh, if you click on the pictures, they will pop up in their own window, and then you can click them again, and see them really close up.



I checked on it after church, and it still didn’t look much different.  I went out just a few minutes ago, right before 4:00 pm, and wow!  Look at it now! How cool is that? (and no, it doesn’t take much to amuse me…lol)  But really, aren’t God’s creations just amazing?






I’m so excited that I finally found one! This is the area around them, so no wonder they are hard to find.  My tomato plants are next them, and a small tree is also there, with leaves that they can just blend right into.


I hope I get to see it emerge, 0r at least soon after, while it is drying it’s wings.  If I do, I will post pics of that, also.

butterflies · caterpillars · gardening · Mark Lipinski · quilting · stash busting

Sunday Reporting

With the traveling this past week, there’s not much quilting progress to report.  However, I made some purchases while in Midland, but NOT fabric.  I went to Hobby Lobby in search of some applique supplies recommended by Sharon Schamber.  I bought some Liquid Stitch and some basting glue.  I also bought some Sulky medium weight water soluble stabilizer, for a freeform scarf project I saw on Fons & Porter.  Who knows when I will have time to play with it, but at least I have some stuff…lol.  I also went to Barnes & Noble and picked up the latest edition of Quilter’s Home.  Mark’s Quiltzilla article is hysterical! I also bought a mag I hadn’t seen before, Quilting Arts.  And I found a copy of The Persian Pickle Club.  I’ve already read it and enjoyed every minute. 

We had a freeze warning last night, and I had a little grape tomato plant that already had some blooms and two tiny tomatoes on it.  I carefully put some batting scraps over it and around it to protect it, and when I uncovered it this morning, I discovered that in the process of trying to protect it, I knocked off the little stem with the ‘maters.  Waaaa! And it only got to 34 last night…shoulda left it alone. 

Now, I’m hoping someone can solve a mystery for me.  I have this plant in the front yard.  It was here when we moved in…can anyone tell me what it is? It blooms early every spring.

Before I left town last Sunday, I was in my yard filling my bird feeders, and almost stepped on this in the grass. Thank goodness I saw it!

My first Swallowtail Butterfly of the year.  Apparently, it had recently come out of it’s chrysalis, and was trying to dry out it’s wings.  I helped it get to higher ground.  I’m glad I already have some parsley coming up, and I have planted some dill seeds already, just so they can lay their eggs on it, and I will have more caterpillars this year.  If you have found my blog, by searching for what kind of caterpillars are eating your dill or your parsley, they are Swallowtail butterflies.  Please spare a bit of your garden for them.  Give them a chance to find their wings.

It won’t be long, and I bet I have pics of it’s offspring munching happily in my garden.  Have a great day!

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Making Progress!

My starry log cabin countdown is now under 30!  Woohoo! I have all the blocks for my cousin’s quilt completed.  Now to sew the middle section together and figure out the applique. I’m worried about that part and will be glad to get it done (successfully) and behind me.  Then to put it all together and quilt! Oh!  I also got my UFO finished for the MQR challenge.  I’ve already picked out the one for October. 

In caterpillar news, my parsley finally started growing really well and I now have some big fat cats on it!  They are so cute. I hope they live to find their wings and become beautiful butterflies!