Back to the hollyhocks.
Have you ever seen a newly-hatched praying mantis nymph?
It’s hollyhock season again.
Others are flowering.
I checked, and I had found the same kind of katydid nymphs on May 1, 2013. They were also on hollyhocks.
I only have a few hollyhock plants in my yard, and I’m pretty sure none of my immediate neighbors have them. I wonder how the katydids even find them, let alone show up with such regularity.
I guess if you eat mainly hollyhocks, you’re probably pretty great at finding them.
Did you identify the insects we found on common milkweed?
A. The beetles are red milkweed beetles, Tetraopes tetrophthalmus. They are a type of longhorned beetle.
The larvae are not as easy to find. They feed on the roots of milkweed plants under the soil.
B. This is a Baltimore checkerspot butterfly. Do you see the orange tips on its antennae?
Have you ever seen these insects?