These little green worms kept drawing my eye while I was looking at
butterfly caterpillars on my milkweed vine
. I noticed that they were
eating aphids, which makes any garden bug
a welcome visitor! See the
little yellow dot with legs at the end of the green slug or bug or
whatever it is? The green creature is eating the yellow aphid.
Now I got curious. What on earth are these little green things on my
plants? I noticed that they were making small brown cocoons, so I
brought in a large green slug (a term I use loosely here) and fed it aphids
until it made a cocoon too.
The green larva are really tiny.
This bug crawling on
the milkweed vine above my finger is about as big as they get. After they
reach this size, they turn into mall brown cocoons, or pupa.
thought of aphids as pet food before.... Yumm, Aphid! Thus far, my
eat plants, so I wasn't
prepared to call this pointy on one end and rounded on the other end
creature a caterpillar, and it wasn't a slug, but I really wasn't sure
what it was.
I stared, a bit stunned, tilted my head sideways so to speak, and
absorbed the idea that I'd deliberately fed and raised, well, maggots. EEEW Gross!
I brought my new bug
outside for pictures, but it flew away rather
quickly. I've since found a syrphid fly enjoying both
Wild Poinsettia flowers
another resting on an Australian Pine
These aren't your typical house flies
. They're Syrphid
flies, and obviously great for aphid control, so this is one fly you
might not want to swat.