We always plant flowers amongst our garden to help attract pollinators and just this week the zinnias opened. OOOO - we love them! The flowers are so colorful and cheerful. See for yourself:
The garden looks more inviting to us with color too. There are two large rows of marigolds that will open soon and we let a Queen Anne's Lace grow for the black swallowtail caterpillars. The calendula and sunflowers are getting very close to flowering too.
which is so beautiful!) so we might just stick to that in the future. Our zucchini also attracted the borer moth; it is suffering, but still producing so we planted more seeds that germinated in ONE day. Wow - it's certainly warm.
While working in the garden we discovered this little caterpillar turning into a cocoon:
We're not sure what type of moth this fella will become, but know it is going to spend some time in the soil until emergence time. We moved him to a foot free location.
I (Jennifer) also discovered this fantastic Nais Tiger Moth in our straw bale this morning. I had just enough time to take a picture before the moth crawled hurriedly into the deeper recesses of the bale. Gardening is so fantastic! We're such fans of all this wildlife!