These guys look like they’re having a good time.
Hanging out, munching on Fennel,
grooving to summer happenings. Summer happenings like the next monthly musing about wildlife in your gardens.
I’m sure these larvae of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) appreciate celebrating with their critter brethren and host gardeners
As pretty as they are in their jammies, they’re more beautiful, all dressed up and beginning their careers of pollinating flowers.
Newly morphed into their adult selves,
they’ll work in my gardens and others in the surrounding areas,
…as soon as their wings dry in the sunshine.
Observing these two adult butterflies emerging from their transitional homes gently reminded me that it’s okay, indeed preferable, not to prune plants just because they’re a little worse for wear. The Coneflowers in my gardens are setting seed and are no longer fresh, pink and pretty. I’m glad I wasn’t keen to prune them to the ground, because I would have destroyed the anchor for the butterflies’ chrysalides.
Wildlife gardening is about planting for wildlife: honoring and appreciating their lives and contributions to the world we share with them.
Wildlife Wednesday–first Wednesday of each month. Its second go’round is next Wednesday, August 6.
Please join in posting about the wildlife visiting your gardens for August Wildlife Wednesday. Share the rare or mundane, funny or fascinating, beneficial or harmful wildlife you encounter. When you comment on my post, leave a link to your post for Wildlife Wednesday.
Happy Wildlife Wednesday and good wildlife gardening!