Seems like Mother Nature is going a bit wild in my home garden this week. Lots happening from birds to butterflies.
First, we finally got a gulf fritillary caterpillar on our Passion Vine. He ate as fast as he could and before I knew it, we discovered him hanging upside down in his J-shape, getting ready to go into chrysalis.
Thought I would check on him later that evening, but just 2 hours later…
he was already in his chrysalis. Here’s a view from the side. Amazing how fast they form.
The other day, we kept seeing a bird fly into a paint bucket we have on a shelf outside. We finally stuck a camera over the top and snapped a picture. You can see the very creative nest guarded by three old sago palm ribs in a criss-cross pattern. And the little babies tucked into a tunnel-shaped next.
We also spotted some cardinals flying back and forth to our climbing rose, obviously preparing a nest. A week or so ago we spotted some eggs in there. Then last weekend, I stuck the camera over the top of the nest while mom and dad birds were out and here is the shot I got.
So cute and funny. There are three of them. I’ll snap some more shots to see how they develop.