Just this morning I posted this:
Out there is where the pipe vine grows. I planted it as a food supply for the pipevine swallowtail, in the fond hope that one would happen upon it and start a colony, but so far they have not shown up. I may be located too far from their usual habitat. But I love the vine anyway. Right now it is covered with little “dutchmen’s pipes”.
Well, I am happy to be proved wrong.
I was just out on the other side of the fence transplanting a spiderwort that had volunteered in the Stroll Garden. While I was out there I took it upon myself to remove an oak tree that was volunteering as well as the ten thousandth mulberry, also volunteering.
I was making my way through the jungle toward the burn pile with my trophies when I noticed a caterpillar dining on the pipevine. Of course, I had to take a picture so I could identify it.
Yes children! That is the larva of the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. There are other places on the vine showing evidence of happy diners. I could not be more excited.
It just proves my point once again: IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME.