Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gettin' Buggy!

 This is Bob the caterpillar.
Yes I know, I name everything Bob.
I have a bad memory and this helps.
My favorite blog is "Birds and Nature in the Forest of Dean"...because his name is Bob.

A few years ago we had two very large oak trees cut down. One was over a hundred years old, no, I didn't plant it myself! With that large empty space we decided to take advantage of the newly found sunny area and plant a wildflower garden.

We saw plenty of butterflies. viceroys, skippers, cabbage whites, red admirals, swallowtails, and more...PLUS there were monarchs! I saw a program about their migration and a group supporting their habitat called Monarch Watch. We planted a lot of milkweed among other buggy lovin' plants in hopes of seeing caterpillars.

Well, this weekend I spotted the first monarch caterpillar of the season!

 See! It's official...we have a sign.
Folks that walk past our home always comment on the crazy gardens...
and the crazy people that live there!

 Bob is having a nice time.
Wave Bob!
I guess he was too busy...

 This is what Bob will grow up to be.
Then he'll fly south for the winter.
Lucky bug.

 We planted two or three of these.
I think there's a few dozen now.

I don't remember what this is, but it's growing and has flowers.
If you look really close, there's a little bug in there!

Don't forget to contact your representatives and demand that they protect our park lands!
They were created for people not corporations!

Check out these links:
Mohican Advocates has letters and petitions for you to sign and use.
You can find your Senator here:
You can find your state Representative here:
The Nature Conservancy:

The National Audubon Society:

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds:


  1. That's a great education on butterflies. you teach me some things and then I'm going to look for some things myself.

  2., cool capture of the monarch caterpillar! (Also...thanks for the links!)

  3. I love Bob the caterpillar, but grown up is not bad too ;-)

  4. Ohhh..Bob the caterpillar is one handsome dude!
    Did you know I changed my name to Bob? Now I can be one of your favorite blogs too ..Hee hee

  5. Wonderful shot of the monarch caterpillar. I dare say, I've never met one in person. It's a good thing you shared Bob with the rest of us. I hope you'll continue to do so. ~karen

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