I have a grapefruit tree. It used to be shaded by
hurricanes tore it up some, and dropped Australian Pine branches on it.
We finally got rid of the Australian Pines that were around it.
Now it's sitting there, suffering from the drought, eaten by so many
things I can't count them all, and half dead. I hate to spray the plants in
my yard, but this is one plant I have sprayed before. It REALLY needs it
now... and I was going to do it soon, before the flowers come, but then
this Giant Swallowtail
laid EGGS on it! Um, now what? I want the tree... I want the
No, I'm not posting a better photo of that most embarrassing tree. I
plucked some of the eggs off, will raise them inside, and I guess I'll
have to spray the thing. Fortunately I have
trees to feed the
Giant Swallowtail caterpillars
I brought in. I think I'll
raise them on Wild lime
leaves; both are still saplings, but my Wild
Lime is the larger of the two, and I know where there's a nice big one I
can pinch extra leaves from if needed.
Here's a leaf from my grapefruit tree.
Raising butterflies is fun.
The Giant Swallowtail
Orange-barred Sulphur Butterfly
both emerged on the same day.
Orange-barred Sulphurs are pretty big bugs, but the Giant Swallowtail is
Well, that's it for grapefruit for now. The tree finally died, which is
a shame, because the juice was wonderful.