Papilio Polyxenes And Parsley

You know your yard is becoming sincere enough when Nature’s creatures choose to live in it…

Today, after hours of digging and planting young trees in 3-gallon pots in heat and heavy clay, my son and I decided to recuperate on our patio. His sharp eyes spotted these babies resting on denuded parsley plants growing in a stoneware pot on the deck… I normally resent other living things eating my food but these folks are so beautiful and they grow into the lovely Black Swallowtail butterfly. Who could object? The parsley was long past its prime and had produced seed which I planted in fresh earth in the pot. As long as the butterflies leave them alone, I will be happy. It looks as though the caterpillars are preparing to change to butterflies soon. I admire their good taste. Parsley is one of the good things in life and to have it fresh and so close to the kitchen is a treat.

As it turns out, we are near the extreme north/west limit of this butterfly’s range, so this is even more special. I’ve lived here for decades and this is the first time I’ve had such a close encounter. I’ve seen the butterfly a few times but I don’t remember seeing the caterpillars.

While we were digging, we verified that seedlings planted at the edge of the property had survived the winter and a lot of neglect and seemed to be thriving. A few had died in the last year but the survivors seemed to have figured out what it takes to live in my yard. Working together we all can make the world a better place. Life is good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Papilio Polyxenes And Parsley

  1. ram wrote, “It is good to see at least a few others respect other living creatures. Good on ya mate!”

    Don’t thank me. Thank Nature for giving us such a lovely environment. We should try not to mess it up. Between TLW and me we’ve planted enough trees to make a real difference to this property which just a few years ago was a swamp, the lowest land on the block… I was in the North when she bought it so she only considered the potential of the house, not the land. We’ve poured many $thousands into the house and land but the end is in sight, a property where many living things can enjoy warmth, water, food and shelter.

    Another thing we encountered yesterday… As we loaded the last of a pile of soil into a wheel-barrow we spotted a mouse moving its babies out of harm’s way. As long as that happens outside my house, I’m OK with it. Those furry little things are kind of cute and they do eat crickets… Saw many frogs too. They enjoy me watering the plants and hang out in the dew of the night despite the ditches now being dry. Most are tree-frogs and we are beginning to grow real trees which should help them get off the ground and provide more shade. It’s all good.

    Last week, I had occasion to move into the shade of some of a neighbour’s mature trees. It felt so cool. I have most of my surviving plums growing in that cooler region. It really helps young trees to have mulch/shade/enough water. It’s also been a good year for rain and temperature. Not too much of a good thing and just enough to please everyone. Life is good, not like Trump finding evil around every corner.

  2. ram says:

    It is good to see at least a few others respect other living creatures. Good on ya mate!

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