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Mutant grinning daisy and a newborn butterfly

A couple of noteworthy things appeared in the garden recently. A fat green caterpillar had been decimating my dill, but I let it be since it looked like the classic butterfly caterpillars in all those educational films in elementary school. Sure enough, a week or two later I see a fat-abdomened butterfly hanging out in the adjacent parseley. I assume it had just emerged from its chrysalis; although I never found the chrysalis, it didn't fly away when I got near and its abdomen didn't look like it was in flying trim yet.

newly emerged butterfly mutant smiling daisy

Stranger is this odd double-headed daisy. It's from some perennial daisy I planted but I can't remember what kind. The plant was a 1-1/2-foot sphere of foliage all spring until it suddenly burst into copious bloom in mid-May. Sticking up from the rest of the plant is an inch-thick stalk (the other stems are 1/4" or so) with this obscenely grinning double bloom looking like something out of Little Shop of Horrors. There's another shot here or you can see it in context here.

garden 2003.05.27 link

Comments

I must point this out to my friend, Fred, who has amassed an amazing gallery of flora and fauna. He'll enjoy the smile as much as I did.

Da Goddess [dagoddess cxe dagoddess punkto com] • 2003.06.03
Friend Fred here. Had to laugh... Little Shop it is! Feed me, Seymour!

FredF [fred1st cxe swva punkto net] • 2003.06.03
I know it's a little late, but I just came across this entry while surfing. Perhaps you already know, but in case you don't your butterfly is a black swallowtail. Their caterpillars love dill, parsely, and fennel. I plant a little of each just to attract them.

And your "grinning" daisy is cool.

Rob MacGrogan [robertmacgrogan cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2004.03.23
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