Plumbago is fabulous for your butterfly
garden. It's one of my very
favorite plants. All sorts of things come to sip from it, my
Cassius Blue Butterflies
are all over it all
of the time, it does not grow out of control or get too tall, it has an
endless supply of colorful flowers... need I say more?
The Cassius Blue Caterpillar is so small that I took this
photograph through a magnifying glass:
I came across this inchworm while I was looking for the Cassius Blue
larvae. It made the green cocoon (below) beneath a
corner of the paper towel I had in the bug box to help keep it clean.
That makes me think that outside it would have hidden beneath leaves on
Oops. I didn't update this right away, and now I'm not completely sure
which caterpillar became this moth. Well... one of them did, and the
other got away before I got a picture. This one is a very tiny moth, and
it flew off while I was taking pictures of it. I guess I'll have to
search my Plumbago for new caterpillars to raise, and try again.
I finally got around to looking this moth up; it's a Soybean Looper Moth
-- Pseudoplusia includens, so it's the green looper caterpillar.
...and then there was this little guy; three of them actually. It
finally made a cocoon... and later emerged as a small moth.
Plumbago bushes are clearly great host plants
for a variety of creatures. They are also great nectar plants
. I've seen lots of butterflies
on mine including these:
Monk Skipper Butterflies like
Plumbago. See its proboscis inside the flower:
Here's a Polydamas Swallowtail
having a sip of nectar from a Plumbago flower. I've had lots of other
and more come visit my
Plumbago, and will add photos as I have time.