At last some caterpillars seem to be surviving. Today I found two outside on one bush, obviously they hatched on different days.
Today it’s hot, currently 36 deg. C in the shade, and this Paper Wasp has brought water droplets to cool her egg cells.
I’ve had to start again, unfortunately ants disposed of the first lot of eggs despite my attempts to thwart them with grease on the Swan Bush stems. I didn’t want to use Ant Dust but that’s what stopped them in their tracks.
This is a Wanderer Butterfly egg about a week after it was laid. I’ve done some Googling and the information I found said the eggs hatch in 3 – 5 days. There are no signs of any caterpillars on the bush but there have been small ants. I’m not sure if the ants would eat the eggs but I’ve put some Vaseline around the base to discourage them.
I’ve marked the leaf this egg is on so I can check it over the next week.
This is the first Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly I’ve seen this season. She’s laying eggs on a Swan Bush.
My intention today was to take a photo of a tadpole, a temporary state, but as I watched the pool I saw this meniscus created by a Hoverfly drinking and decided that was perfect for the prompt instead.