November 19, 2023
Grateful for Wildlife Gardeners Like You!
Throughout this adventurous yr, gardeners spanning Central Texas welcomed us into their gardens and heartfelt journeys. Targets, kinds, and personalities differ, however all share one factor: a dedication to revive wildlife habitat. Time and again, we heard, “Because of what we’re doing, we’re seeing so many extra butterflies, bees, lizards, and birds. We’re so grateful.”
Sadly, although, we’ve all noticed diminished wildlife populations this yr. So, I used to be thrilled and fairly grateful to seek out six woolly bear caterpillars on my native desert willow! I’m wondering what number of hair kinds these guys impressed?!
There are a number of “woolly bears,” however I believe these will grace us as eye-catching large leopard moths subsequent yr. For one factor, I see them in my backyard and the Wildflower Middle notes that desert willow is a bunch plant for white-winged moths.
On CTG’s Fb web page and Instagram, I discovered that individuals throughout Texas and certainly, the U.S, are seeing a number of them this yr. I don’t know what which means, however the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted that these little “bears” will overwinter in leaves. In colder areas, they are going to really freeze and thaw out in spring to pupate into cocoons.
And there you go: one other nice motive to “go away the leaves!” If on the garden, rake them into beds and borders or round your timber (away from the trunk) to nourish your soil and defend plant roots and hunkering-down wildlife.
Observe: there’s no scientific information to assist the woolly bear’s means to foretell how chilly winter might be! Additionally, you’ll be able to pet them for those who like. They’re fairly pleasant! I’ve even picked them as much as transfer out of footpath hazard.
You DO need to keep away from petting asps, that are simply as fuzzy wuzzy cute, however no contact on these stinging caterpillars! Because of Julie Gilbert in Destiny, Texas for sharing this one!
And we’re grateful for YOU! Host John Hart Asher joins all of us at CTG and Austin PBS to thanks for sharing this yr with us. Pleased Thanksgiving to you and your households!