I don’t know about you, but I could use a spark of color in the middle of this Arctic weather.
So, this picture with a painted lady butterfly on a summer farewell aster
certainly offers sparks of color.
A patch of Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria aequitriloba) grows by the door on the north side of our house. It’s a family heirloom handed down from my great grandmother, who lived in New York. The vine is native to Spain and southern parts of Europe.
We’ve had the freezing temperatures from the large Arctic front that moved through southern Illinois.
Obviously, the cold hasn’t affected the ivy.
I posted a blog late summer about the caterpillar of a white-marked tussock moth.
Later, I had a “duh” moment when I remembered taking the picture below.
This is a pupal case of the White-marked tussock moth (Orgyia leucsotigma). My Caterpillars of Eastern North America book shows a picture of an empty cocoon, the same as the one above. My picture lacks the egg mass. Apparently the flightless female lays up to 300 eggs in a froth-covered mass over the cocoon. They overwinter in the egg stage.