I went in search of a Wild Lime tree because
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Here's the caterpillar that left the droppings.