Photos of Fall

Photos of Fall
Koelreuteria¬†bipinnata’s bright pink¬†seed pods linger for 3-5 weeks.” A great small tree for drought, full sun and miserable soils.”( Michael Dirr; “Dirr’s Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates.)

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2011 in review

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Evolve . . . word for Wednesday

Moth caterpillar in defensive posture.

Caterpillars change and grow by spitting their skin. A new, larger one is under the old, tight skin. They change through several instars (stages). Then they weave a cocoon and change into a moth. This is the caterpillar of the Pandorus Sphinx. It is a beautiful, large moth, a feeder on night-blooming plants with a proboscis (tongue) about four inches long.

Larger instar.

The Pandorus Sphinx has good protective coloration because it blends in with its surroundings. One of the nectar flowers is the night-blooming Moon Flower Datura.

Moon Flower Datura

Pandorus Sphinx