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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.

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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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