Sunday, August 30, 2009

(Alright I'm Back) Caterpillars

Earlier in the week I inspected an odd brown patch on the Seven Son Tree, Heptacodium miconioides. To my delight I found a patch of silk teaming with worms. Normally try not to plant nonnative trees, this one in particular is from Asia. I've actually just uprooted a Vitex I planted a few years ago and I'm inches away from removing a nonnative cherry tree I planted only last year. This is actually a great thing. It shows that this tree isn't completely useless in this country.

What's more I'm already seeing interactions.

A spider as well some parasitic flies were picking them off all day. I actually don't see any caterpillars out there anymore. Perhaps they've abandoned the plant.