Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Aztec Spur-throat, also known as Aidemona azteca.
At their most colorful as youngsters in their various stages (referred to as instars) it is not known why these little tykes are so distinctive. The best guess is to avoid predation by birds as their patterning mimics other common garden occupants that sting. Because reportedly, birds think they're quite tasty.
Not what I consider a pleasant way to experience my outdoor spaces.
Which is why I'm relieved to report, after several weeks of effort, that now when I go out and view my garden beds, every single plant is no longer riddled with holes. A few of the fastest growing plants even have a couple of leaf sets up top that are beautifully intact.