Pink Primrose Surprise

 

caterpillarcloseupcaterpillaroverall

After our delightful April garden club meeting program on “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs”, Sharon S spotted this interesting bug specimen by the sidewalk in Judy S’s yard.

I’m no entomologist, but think it is Hyles lineata (white lined spinx moth, also called hummingbird mothenjoying a quiet meal on Oenothera speciosa (Pink Primrose) before we disturbed it with much picture taking. Seeing and contributing to insect populations is one of the many benefits of using native plants and organic gardening methods in the landscape. Depending on your point of view, you might view this caterpillar as a welcome friend, or a pest. We put it in the friend category in this yard.

Mother’s Day 2018 Update: moth hatched! Dale and Judy S shared images below

whitelinedcoccoonforpostmothwhitelinedforpost

Did you see good or bad bugs in your yard? We’d love to hear about it.

 

One thought on “Pink Primrose Surprise

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s