Where Did This Come From?!?

26 Jul

Did anyone notice? We grew a cucumber!

Pre-migration Monarchs Persist

23 Jul

This looks like a female, here’s hoping she left behind some eggs! Keep an eye on the milkweed outside play area near honeysuckle, lavender, and comprey plants.

Flowers in Mid-July

23 Jul

Eastern Swallowtail Surprise

20 Jul

This beauty left eggs behind when she visited Sunday. Look for them, and baby caterpillars, on the parsley, dill, and fennel.

Update:  Almost certainly a black Eastern swallowtail.  According to this source, egg stage lasts 4 to 9 days… Should we rescue and raise one of these guys?

Fennel plants by play area entry gate

Is This a Silvery Blue, Spring Azure, or Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly?

10 Jul

Or another species all together? At first glance, I dismissed it as a plain old cabbage white, but looking closely I realized it was more colorful (esp when it spread its wings and blue, exposing a pretty baby blue color.) Unfortmately that happened off camera…Research suggests this is likely a Spring Azure, I will keep reading…UPDATE: This appears to be a male Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly.

In other butterfly news, the Monarchs should emerge from their chrysalises later this week.  Be sure to check on them when you walk past or visit the play area.

Sister Squash Is Producing!

7 Jul

Caterpillars Are Secure

6 Jul

A couple of hours after Shari tucked them into the bush when the wind kicked up, I moved the habitats into elevated crates. Both Marco and his young friend Polo were snug in their chrysalises, still attached to the mesh roofs of their homes. Stay safe guys!

The Three Sisters Garden Looks Great!

6 Jul

Each day the volume of gianormous squash leaves increases, noodle bean runners climb higher and corn stalks grow taller. Its not shown here, but the flowers on the 4th Sister, the sunflower, have started to open. Way to go, girls!

Tomato Season Has Started!

5 Jul
We’ve got baby sweet million tomatoes! Unfortunately, we also have tomato plant problems involving yellow leaves. Read on to help us diagnose the issues so we can treat it ASAP. Thank you!
Yellowing leaves could be the result of over or underwatering, a nutritent deficiency or disease or other causes.

Two Monarch Caterpillars Prepare to Transform

4 Jul
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Butterfly habitats hang on a large bush behind 195 Adams Street, just outside the Children’s play area.

Check out the caterpillars if you walk by the garden shed. Both were found within the last week and will likely move to the pupate stage later this week… If all goes well, they should emerge as Monarch butterflies by mid-July.

To learn more about Monarch waystation and conservation efforts at CV, including wildlife support, read about them here, and follow this blog via email notifications. We will be searching for caterpillars, catching, tagging and releasing butterflies later this summer, when the 2021 migration starts to pass through Brooklyn en route to Mexico.

Day 10 of Monarch Chrysalis: Butterfly Will Emerge Within Days

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