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April 2016 • Southern Rural Route

I almost went into a screaming fit when I walked up to my brother’s citrus tree. Despite knowing this was the larvae of a giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes, my poor, shocked mind could see nothing but giant worms. Resting on the surface of the leaf, these giant 3 inch worms are likely young larvae, and are said to resemble “bird droppings.” Somewhere in the near … Read More

A friend of mine forwarded some photographs her son had taken in Texas, where he lives, and I got permission to share this one with you.  Apparently, it is very common to see old cars sitting out in the Texas fields. This one just happens to be surrounded by blooms of Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush. … Read More

For the benefit of new vegetable gardeners who are planting potatoes for the first time, this is what they look like when they pop out of the ground. My Siamese cat’s foot is in the upper left corner of the photo to demonstrate that these are newly sprouted potatoes, just barely an inch out of the ground. One bag of Yukon gold seed potatoes from Wal-Mart will plant … Read More