Sunday, 13 March 2016

Caterpillar Quandary for Good Fences.


Our Balcony where I found the caterpillar on a potted fern.

I took off a frond to better photograph them.

A closer look at the design. This caterpillar will eventually become a moth.

The moth is a Callopistria Latreillei,  Latriell's Latin Moth. I took my fill of photographs, and...

a view from the balcony.

When it moved underneath to munch away at the tender leaves. I turned the frond upside down.

I eventually relocated it to some other ferns in a sheltered spot, but not on my balcony or garden.

Our back fence covered in Sta Teresa Roses.

A view of our front driveway with the Azáleas in full bloom.
There are thousands of European caterpillars, and I have seen several hundreds of images to look for an ID, but none of them look like this one. I'm hoping that someone might recognize it! My thanks to fellow blogger and good friend Nick Morgan fom Butterfly Pictures, for finding the ID of this pretty caterpiller. The name is Callopistria latreillei Latrielles Latin Moth. Thank you again Nick!:)
GOOD FENCES

41 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

I love the fern leaves and the caterpillars are very pretty.

Nancy Chan said...

Those caterpillars have pretty patterns on them. I am sure they will turn into beautiful butterflies.

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Beautiful flowers. Do you know what the caterpillar is in question.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Your balcony is beautiful.....and the view is wonderful!
I look forward to azalea time here.....

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant series of floral design. What is the caterpillars name?

Giga said...

Beautifully flowered have a balcony. View from him too wonderful, green. Well, that you took from the balcony tracks. Regards.

TexWisGirl said...

wow, your balcony is just gorgeous! and your view is amazing, too!

Nick Morgan said...

Hi Sonjia.I didn't have a clue, so I have been surfing the internet and came up with the Florida Fern Caterpillar. This shouldn't occur in Europe, but googling its lating name came up with the related Callopistria latreillei, which looks like a good match. Its common name seems to be Latrielle's Latin Moth, and I am afraid the caterpillar is more colourful than the moth. Wikipedia confirms that this caterpillar feeds on ferns.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, you really have a gorgeous balcony, and a caterpillar too :)

Michelle said...

Great close ups of that caterpillar!

Teresa said...

Esta todo maravilloso. Un beso.

Lois said...

I don't know what kind it is, but it sure is a pretty one! Your balcony is lovely too.

Adam said...

nice caterpillar

Joyful said...

You have a beautiful yard, patio and view.

Russell Jenkins said...

Lovely scenes and superb portraits of the caterpillars, but I'm sorry, I don't know what they are, but they sure are beauties.

Loco mente said...

Nothing can match the brilliance and vibrancy of flowers and tree... Your snaps are awesome!

Debbie said...

i raised a black swallowtail last year, then set it free when it became a butterfly. it looked very similar to this. i did a lot of research on bringing them inside, to let them cocoon, everything i read supported it. i read that only 3% survive in the wild. i found mine on a dill plant, and fed it that until it cocooned. i will look for the blog post i did on it, if i find it i will send it to you!!!!

your balcony is gorgeous, i am a tad jealous!!!!

M said...

Wow, wonderful balcony and I really love the mix of trees and plants in your last image. So very beautiful colours The catepillars are so nice.
Up here we still have snow and ice but I´ve started to wait for the swans.
All the best greetings
from
Monica

hmuxo said...

These are all amazing photography!!! The last view of your front driveway is so beautiful! And I love the pattern on the caterpillars...

Stewart M said...

Thats interesting - not many things eat ferns (or so I thought!) Would be entrusting to see what they turn into.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I would love coming home to a driveway that beautiful!! Wow.

By the way, I've been meaning to ask you your first name?!!

Nora said...

What a wonderful little caterpillar, so pretty and full of colors. Your view is stunning, so many trees and so green. I like the front driveway also. Lovely posting, really enjoyed it all.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such beautiful photos! I love all the flowers and greenery and the future butterflies made me smile

Noushka said...

WOW, that is your garden???!!
Quite spectacular! A lot of time and work goes into maintaining it, congratulations!
I bet these caterpillars are not really welcome there!
Great photos!
Enjoy your day :)

handmade by amalia said...

Your photos are stunning. That first one, of the balcony, is my favorite.
Amalia
xo

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

The patterns on the caterpillars are remarkable. You have a good eye in composing those photos.

David Gascoigne said...

Your balcony looks quite wonderful, as does the view from it. It must bring you great joy every day.

Denise inVA said...

Fantastic photos! The caterpillars are very interesting, the flowers are beautifiul and the scenery from your balcony is spectacular.

Jeevan said...

Awesome capture on the journey of the caterpillars on leaves! I love you balcony with all colorful blooms.... and the view from there and the driveway and the fences covered by roses are all make sure you live in a heaven :) Hope the beauty always sustain around you

Christine said...

My but it looks like summer has arrived with you as the colours in your gardens are fantastic especially the roses & azaleas!
Wonderful close ups of the caterpillars too!
Enjoy your day!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, these are all lovely images. I like the caterpillars and the gorgeous flowers. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the beautiful flowers on your balcony but the caterpillar although pretty, must go!

Ida said...

Wow your caterpillar shots are amazing. What a great pattern on the caterpillar. Also I love your rose covered fence/wall and the gorgeous azalea's.

Rose said...

Oh, my, I do love your balcony...and love the caterpillars...wondering what they are. I don't have time to read all the comments but maybe I can later.

Celestina Marie said...

The caterpillar is beautiful. Your rose covered fence is gorgeous!! Lovely shots.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. xo

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great view and pretty caterpillars.

I'd turn them loose, too...where they can't get my ferns!
~

Helma said...

This is a really beautiful carter[illar!
Then comes a great beautiful butterfly from.
The flowers on the balcony I really like!
Greetings, Helma

rainfield61 said...

The power of caterpillar cannot be underestimated.

And its beauty is always magnificent.

Marijke Verdonk said...

I've been a way for a while but I am pleased to be back. Fantastic post Breathaking. Gives me a summerfeeling.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

DEfinitely a quandary -- knowing we need to save the butterflys but not wanting our gardens destroyed. Even the volunteers at the Butterfly Garden where I walk say the same thing.

Stephanie said...

The macros of the catepillars are gorgeous! Love your view, gorgeous flowers.

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