September 14, 2008

Wildlife: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar: Good guy. I planted lots of bronze fennel last year for the Black Swallowtail caterpillars. Bronze fennel is a host plant for Black Swallowtail Butterflies. I counted thirty caterpillars the other morning…great butterflies to come.

Fawn: Oh so cute, but such bad behavior. The fawns have been munching the “deer resistant plants” such as geranium ‘Rozanne’, rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ and helianthus angustifolius. We’ve had one set of twins and two singles born in our woods. The fawns come out any time of the day. They watch us come and go in the garden and meadow.

Bullfrog: This ugly fellow is the size of a Chihuahua! I’d like to say he’s a good guy, but unfortunately these bullfrogs are invading the world. They will eat anything that will fit in their mouths, including native frog species, birds, butterflies and each other. He lives in our water feature and I worry so much about him taking down a hummingbird. I’ve seen him make huge leaps straight up out of the water and over a plant to catch a butterfly.

What's in your garden?

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