Wild Lime Zanthoxylum fagara
I went in search of a Wild Lime tree because Giant Swallowtail Butterflies lay eggs on Wild Lime. I was so happy when I got mine. It worked - I got caterpillars! I also got thorns - lots of thorns on branches that seem to sprout from nowhere, and grow like Jack's beanstalk - super fast.
Wild Lime, Zanthoxylum fagara, Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant
This is my hat on, or rather under, Wild Lime Tree. The thorns snatched it right off of my head while I was trying to prune the evil plant.
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree Thorn
Two Giant Swallowtail Butterfly eggs on Wild Lime:
Every time I mow, prune or pull weeds near the Wild Lime I get scratched and bloody. I contemplate using my chain saw. Thus far I've resisted the urge, but I can't say how long I'll try to manage the briar before I get rid of it. I still have a Hercules Club Tree for the Giant Swallowtail Butterflies to lay eggs on, and it grows up, not out like this plant that seems bent on taking over my yard.
Butterflies are not the only visitors to my garden. This white oval on a stem is a lacewing egg laid on the tip of a fruiting Wild Lime flower.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs on Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Another visitor I've noticed lurking on the Wild Lime Tree leaves is the ever present M. Undatus Weevil. They're on just about all of my plants.
Lacewing Egg on Wild Lime Tree Flowers
M. Undatus Weevil on Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara

The tree flowers, but the Wild Lime flower clusters are so tiny it's hard to describe the flower, so here are some photos. I enlarged the photo of the bee. Think about how small bees are and then note how small the flowers are in comparison. The ladybug is by fruiting flowers.

Just when I was considering getting rid of my Wild Lime Tree, I found a Brown Thrasher sitting in her nest, the nest that she chose to build surrounded by the safety of the thorny cover provided by the tree.
The thrasher gave this tree an indefinite stay of execution; I can't very well cut it down now, can I? Well, I do enjoy the butterflies it brings, if not all of the little visitors.
I found these tiny scale insects on one of the Wild Lime leaves, and considered plucking the leaf and disposing of it, but I figure that some little bug will eat the scale, after which perhaps that mama bird might eat the bug.
These little black dots on the leaves are not, for a change, little creatures. They're frass, or caterpillar poop. When you find such little droppings, look above them to find the caterpillar.
Wild Lime is a host plant for Giant Swallowtail Butterflies. That means that the butterflies lay eggs on it, and the caterpillars eat it.
Here's the caterpillar that left the droppings.
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Bee Sipping Nectar From Tiny Wild Lime Tree Flower
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
Wild Lime Tree, Zanthoxylum fagara
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