I never saw any eggs, but did find several clusters of the newly hatched young on a number of milkweed seed pods today. This is the first year I have noticed these bugs.In the spring, we planted some annual vines to grow on the trellis that has gotten a little too shady for the clematis. This is called moonflower (Ipomea alba). The closed flower buds look like a little green unicorn horn the way it is twisted.
The flower opens only at night and you can see in the photo below that bud has untwisted, unfurling the fused, white petals.
They quickly open all the way and release a fantastic jasmine-like perfume. The flowers are huge - about 7 inches across.
I took these pictures tonight; tomorrow morning, when the sun hits them, they will wilt almost immediately and turn brown.
What a fascinating plant that vine is Wilma.ReplyDelete
Nightime flowers, I bet it's a real moth magnet.
Keith -- You are correct; in its natural habitat, it is pollinated by moths. I hope that something around here will be able to pollinate it because I want to get some seeds!ReplyDelete