My Hercules Club Tree finally grew up enough to attract a
; I caught her laying eggs on it:
I couldn't get too close without scaring her away, but I managed to get
a picture of her flying up to the tree and another of her abdomen curved
up as she deposited her egg on a new leaf.
See that white dot on the leaf above my finger? That's one of the many evil
M. Undatus Weevils
lurking on the tree.
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillars slowly nibble on the leaves. They look
like bird poop. I guess that camouflage helps keep the birds from eating
Another sap sucking critter on this tree is this nasty
. The bugs
are disgusting; they look like green, white and brown scabs stuck all
around the branch. Those scab-like waxy covers are why it's so darned
hard to get rid of scale; the bug spray doesn't get under it to kill the
This Ambush Bug
was lurking under a
Hercules Club leaf,
and this Blue Jay
was perched on the branch.
I've never seen an ambush bug
, but I have seen them kill other
, so I didn't leave that bug on the tree.
aside, Hercules Club is still one of my favorite plants now that I've seen
the Swallowtails on it several times. Here is another caterpillar, and
some actual bird poop on a Jatropha
leaf so you can compare the two.
Good camouflage, isn't it?
Hercules Club Tree leaves have little bumps on them. When the sunlight
hits them just right, they look like raindrops.