I enjoyed a field trip this weekend in the coastal plain of South Carolina (near Orangeburg). A few things I learned were how to distinguish a Viceroy from a Monarch and caterpillar poop from butterfly eggs. It was fun to see all kinds of butterflies and caterpillars and plants, as well as this tree frog.
The most common caterpillar we saw was of the buckeye butterfly:

They loved to munch on the Gerardia, or false foxglove:


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I read this earlier and couldn't think of what I wanted to say...I did have a Gerardia last summer, first time ever. It didn't reappear this year.
Did like the comment on the lesson of poop vs eggs...!!!

compost in my shoe said...

I love seeing that plant on the roadsides and always think to collect seeds and spread them around the garden.