I'm back at work.
Monarch Butterflies are getting so much press these days - declining habitat and blah, blah, blah. Like lots of folks I know, I am growing milkweed for them. Poor DH. He grew up on a farm where if you didn't plant it, you kill it on sight. Whenever we're on the front walkway he looks at the milkweed, shakes his head, and says "I can't believe we're growing weeds".
Since I have permission to do stuff (isn't 'stuff' a great adaptable word?), I've been weeding the flowerbeds along the front walk. Last night I found this weird, weird, caterpillar. On the milkweed.
Milkweed Tiger Moth (a.k.a. milkweed Tussock moth). HERE. You can learn all about it. The other bug is a milkweed beetle of some sort. These guys will likely defoliate a lot of the plant. As long as they leave my zucchini alone...
Picked this week: 7 (can you believe that DH has been picking zucchini???)
Picked YTD: 24
We gave all 7 fruits away because I still had a large-ish one in the fridge. DH cooked up half of it for me, then left the other half sitting on the kitchen counter for days. Uh huh. It's compost now. If we get a decent zucchini today I may spend some time on my feet in the kitchen (first step: clean it!!) and make some zucchini fries. Recipe HERE.