caterpillars

Maintaining A Garden for Butterflies

By now, many of you have planted your butterfly gardens or Monarch Waystations in hope of seeing butterflies feeding—both adults and larvae. It can be difficult for experienced gardeners and landscapers to look upon a garden and see it getting eaten up by caterpillars. However,
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Wasps in the Landscape

Wasps are one of the most under-appreciated insects in the garden. There is likely to be more species of wasps in the home landscape than that of beetles or other insects. What most people see are the paper wasps, which make large colonies in papery nests under eaves, in shrubs, or ha
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Birds are for the Bugs!

That first sweet bite of peach in the hot July sun, off of your own tree in your own yard, makes you wonder about the truly good things in life. For my family and I it was about a move 3 years ago to where we are now, bringing a plethora of landscape plants and trees with us. The peac
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Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking
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Indcredible Insects

This morning, Doug Grimm brought in the wings of a large moth that he found in the arboretum on one of his walks. With the eyes spots and lines it was not difficult to identify as a Polyphemus moth. After seeing that, my mind began to seek out and find insects hiding in plain sight th
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