These communal feeders, the aptly named Milkweed Tussock Moth Larvae were clamoring for a milky bite too. The thing about feeding on milkweed is that the caterpillars become toxic to birds (if a bird were bird-brained enough to chomp down on a critter clearly displaying the DON’T EAT ME colors of orange and black trouble would ensue). If the bird did not spit out or regurgitate a milkweed fed larvae it would likely die of heart failure.
In another few days the Monarch larvae should begin to form their chrysalis’ and pupate. I hope to catch a few hanging here and there to share with you.
I stuck my snout in one of the lilies the other day for a nice full whiff of that tantalizing scent. About half the day went by and I’d been on a few errands. Then my daughter came home and immediately shrieked, “Mama, what the heck is on your face?” I startled and thought there was a bug on me. Turns out I’d been walking around all day with a kind of war-paint look unbeknownst to me. Wondered why the postman looked at me funny?! The pollen from the lilies goes on very easy but does not come off without soap and water.
I have multiple patches of lilies and I like this one the best. The white and the stargazers mix it up well I think…no need to cut them at all they are a standing bouquet!
The rains have arrived. Much needed for certain, although we just pulled the garlic and would prefer it not get rained on. Looks like the next two days will be dry so we can bundle the garlic and hang it to cure! And….lots of basil too….pesto on this weeks menu! What’s on the menu at your place? How are you using the bounty of the season? Your thoughts are always appreciated.