Herbdoc has seen some interesting insects around her garden this summer:
It certainly has been a banner year for insects here in Rhode Island!
Here are three I recently found in my yard.
Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes) – found happily munching the parsley in my gigantic herb basket on the back deck.
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) – spotted enjoying the nectar of the Verbena bonariensis. (This plant has attracted a lot of wildlife this summer including hummingbirds who sip the nectar and goldfinches who love the seeds! I will definitely plant more of these verbenas next year.)
Bella Moth caterpillar (Utetheisa bella) – I had to do a lot of research to identify this one. Three of them were snacking on my licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolatum) on the front deck. I plan to keep watching them to be sure they are Bellas. Let us know if you think they may be something else!
Editor’s note: Herbdoc wrote about a week later to say that the caterpillar had emerged from its cocoon, and it was indeed a Bella Moth.