Sunday, April 02, 2017
Using It Up - Common Buckeye Caterpillars
I find this dainty little flower enchanting.
Given my propensity to enjoy what shows up without any effort on my part, I've let the toadflax grow where they appeared in my front flowerbeds, rather than weeding them out with the oak seedlings and dewberry.
When I went out to do my occasional bed weedout on Saturday morning, I noted that the toadflax were done blooming and I thought that perhaps it was time to pull them out to "neaten up" the bed. On the other hand, if I let them remain a bit longer, I could more reliably count on new plants next spring....
my handy-dandy caterpillar guide, I decided that these were probably common buckeye cats (Junonia coenia), a highly variable species of (butterfly) caterpillar that is known to feed on plants in the snapdragon family, including toadflax.
Beauty in flower form turns into beauty in butterfly form. I call that pretty amazing.