A Buggy Time of Year


What on earth are you looking at? Good question. I spent all weekend trying to photograph the garden spider in its web (and its web).

It’s a lovely black, yellow and green spider that is hanging in its web by the black pot. You’re a better person than I am if you can spot it in the photo.

As I was scouring my 15 photos, trying to decide which one might look like something at least, I did see something that I completely overlooked IRL, as the kids say.

I knew that my parsley was getting eaten but we have had so many rabbits this year I just assumed it was rabbits. Silly me.

In the photo, I saw the real culprit and I was thrilled: there are swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on the parsley. Yay! I guess they feel safe nestled in there in among the other herbs. But wow, who would have expected the butterflies to find the parsley there?

2 thoughts on “A Buggy Time of Year

  1. tonytomeo July 2, 2019 / 2:56 am

    Hey, you have sweet bay on the left. I know it is irrelevant, but it got my attention. The native bay looks similar, but is very different and can ruin a recipe if substituted straight across. It can be used as a substitute, but not in the same proportions; and the stronger flavor is very different.

  2. gardendaze July 2, 2019 / 5:40 am

    Oh yes. I have had it for several years as you can see by the size. I winter most of my herbs on an unheated sunporch–warm enough that they don’t die and yet cold enough that they don’t develop insects or diseases so that I can’t cook with them. You might remember my “Polar Vortex ” post last winter when I actually had to bring them into the house. I think that the bay wasn’t in the photo but the mint (which isn’t in this photo–chocolate spearmint) was.


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