Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eh . . . What's Up Doc?



These photos were taken from my (slightly dirty) kitchen window.

Love this new hanger and feeder combination (suction cups)!!

Now, then . . .

The continuing saga of the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar,

and his older brother.

These are the common milkweed plants you can find nearly everywhere! I let quite a number of them grow in our yard this year... thanks to the birds. But it's paying off! Yea! :-)

Shady? Only in selected portions of a plant. ha!


~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Great creaturese you captured. I'd love to have them in my garden.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

You are lucky to have such lovely visitors to your garden, so far I have had slugs & mosquitoes. :/

joco said...

I echo Rebecca :-)

That hummingbird was quick on the draw.

Shady Gardener said...

Gardener & Rebecca, I also have chipmunks, squirrels, mosquitoes, gnats, wood ticks . . . ;-) But these are amongst the more favorable critters!

Hi Joco, I've had three hummers sitting on this feeder at the same time. (Not a common occurrence!)

troutbirder said...

They are so quick they make me dizzy!

Noelle said...

How exciting to see so both a hummingbird and caterpillars in your garden. I love the coloring of the 'big brother' caterpillar especially :-)

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

Great shots through your kitchen hummers.
I see different kinds of butterflies in the yard but can't seem to find the caterpillers.:(

Shady Gardener said...

troutbirder - dizzy with excitement? :-)

Noelle, Isn't it great?

Patsi, Thanks! I don't always know where to look for the caterpillars, but with Monarchs - it's easy. Milkweed plants.

Anonymous said...

You get an up close and personal view of the hummers. Aren't the amazing to watch?

You'll have to keep us posted on the monarch progress.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Chad and Brandy, I've been looking into applying to be a Monarch Waystation. I've let several common milkweed plants grow in the gardens this year. I need (want) two more varieties.

I'll try to keep up with those caterpillars! :-)

joey said...

Fun post, Shady ... you have a very inviting/yummy yard!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Joey! Not as yummy as your kitchen! :-)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I rarely see a caterpillar more than 2 or 3 days. Either they get eaten, or become a chrysalis.

What fun it must be to watch the hummingbirds!