Sunday, September 03, 2006

Exotic Caterpillars

I noticed that one of the new apple trees looked a bit depleted of leaves. Closer inspection showed the culprits...
This is the caterpillar of the Eyed Hawkmoth. It likes apple leaves; so much so, that my poor new apple tree has barely half a dozen leaves left thanks to this critter and its siblings.

Still, if you're trying to attract wildlife, you can't pick and choose.

Today's garden tasks are to:
  • rescue the lavatera, which has lurched dramatically over the path after yesterday's wind;
  • aerate the lawn - dull but necessary to reduce compaction;
  • deadhead dahlias, rudbeckias and calendulas, so that they keep on flowering through autumn;
  • weed, weed, weed - the recent rain has caused everything to grow like crazy.

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