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Monday, September 19, 2016

To Be or not To be, Caterpillars Butterfly Larvae in Garden Tips to Transfer Save Larvae and Caterpillars


To Be or Not to be,


Creepy caterpillar in garden

Feeding Huge Caterpillar 

Moving Above Caterpillar on plant

Huge droppings from huge caterpillar 

Caterpillar feeding droppings

Close up of feet of caterpillar


Growing fast caterpillar of huge butterfly

Finger sized huge caterpillar


Head Eyes of caterpillar

Feeding with a large appetite caterpillar close up



Close up of Caterpillar eyes feet

Never been this close without screaming! but after looking at them and accepting their life cycle, gathered some confidence and clicked close ups!

Caterpillar moving along the plant
an emotional decision,..
plants eaten by caterpillars
especially after they ate up all my black pepper corns! Plants and insects have always been along with gardening and its a cycle of nature. always with gardening over the years I have learned so many lessons, not only about priorities and about space but also how each plant grows and what is required to keep them happy and how we become protective and possessive and so do they!
Caterpillar in our garden
So while I check the pest and each ones growth  conditions and feedings, the garden is full of butterfly eggs. she has taken to our terrace garden as a second home!every year its a challenge to let her increase her clan and also protect my precious ones from dying.
The huge butterfly no doubt is beautiful and more so as I want to see the new lives, I also want to protect my plants, and especially my orange plant that is struggled to grow, since many months and just picked up. and they have a voracious appetite and in a single day eat up a whole plant!
My heart and My Brain...a lot of tussle, thoughts...previously I transferred some to a large garden, meanwhile mommy butterfly keeps visiting everyday once at least to check her babies. . Finally my heart won and I manually transferred the caterpillar to other plants, they also love palms that are thick and long leaves and the bulbs of amaryllis with elongated leaves.
I personally don't like creepy creatures but they are life, and I would kill them till a few years back as they would eat up my plants but this time I let them be, many also shed away with heavy rains down the drain...Guess, my reasoning was,  our garden has plenty of thick growth this rainy season so they can feed upon, instead of my trimming the long thick bushes! of course as long as they do no major damage or kill my precious plants. Keeping a check!
Thoughts and Tips for transferring Butterfly Larvae and caterpillars-
1) Identify the plants they are on. Check for sticky leaves with black spots -eggs- and leaves stuck together, these are the cocoons.
2) see the plant leaves being eaten, usually thick growing plants with huge leaves are preferred by Mommy butterfly so that Babies get enough food. Beware, in a single day they can make a plant barren!
3) Usually the eggs are laid in such a away that they are covered by thick foliage and even in very heavy rains the eggs and caterpillars cling to the leaves.
4) Leaves can be carefully trimmed (please wear gloves! I didn't! impatient soul! )  with care for the eggs, larvae and then put in other large pots with big sized foliage plants, so they can feed.
5) Caterpillars can be shifted manually in a tray to large plants.
6) Remember birds love worms! and these may be easily spotted so they become food!of course they are smart enough to hide immediately with transfer.
7) If you have few plants and want to save your plants you can trim the leaves with butterfly eggs and transfer them to a society or common , any other garden that is thick and has huge leaves for the caterpillars to grow.
8) how to identify butterfly eggs-they are blackish spots on leaves and you will notice the same,  mother butterfly, always coming for rounds every day near these plants.
9) Palms, and elongated leaves, large sized leaves, foliage plants, ornamental plants,  and even the Thailand Goodluck cactus plant is loved by them.
I really don't know how many will remain and if they will come up with a new life, but Wishing them All the Best!

Meanwhile on personal front after completing a commissioned painting, took three months, a great collection of Kundalini awakening healing paintings.  and still a few in progress a much needed break to mountains ,fresh air, wilderness and Awesum fog with rains!
Huge Money plant
Plants also grow in any place they reach, this beautiful coconut tree was happily growing among such thick wild trees!
Coconut tree in wilderness
Being an artist and a writer and the exposure to radiation from internet and mobile phones, requires frequent breaks to connect with actual life outside! 
Natural water fall in mountains
Mountains Road trip, Awesum season
 nature and the atmosphere. by just a joy road trip or a few days away helps refresh my mind and my soul!now back to my little space under the sun! with paints , canvasses, plants and my heavenly friends!
Magical Blooms creative expression of my Allamanda flower in a mobile app
Awesum Day from Rizwana!
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Piper Nigrum Black peppers close up of black pepper fruits Pepper corns on plant Survival Plants Brahma Kamal Plants

Piper Nigrum, Family Piperaceae, Awesum happiness! While I was wondering about thechilli plants giving out profuse off white tiny flowers, the whole of May and June the full plant was loaded with beautiful flowers.  Wondering as I always keep planting seeds of chillies as they grow easily,   and then some spring to life during rains but this one was capsicum, or green chillie or red chilies. The chillie pepper plant looks quite happy and did not require any care.
Black pepper fresh fruits
 Awesum happiness, I never grow vegetables, but tried chillies. My terrace garden has exotic flowering plants each one has a different story.
Corner of my little space under the sun 
 The black pepper plant had flowers then they sprung into light green berries like fruits, these turned yellow, and now they are purplish black. the black peppers we get in markets  are dried well and hard so they can be powdered. Stages of harvesting we get green, white , black. The peppers are dipped in solutions and treated to remove their skin to get white peppercorns as I read on Google.
Black pepper corns on plant

Black pepper spicy fruits corn

Dark purplish berries black pepper

Growing black pepper among other plants support

Pepper plants in container
 Needs support, so the black pepper vine  are growing in between other plants.
Berries black pepper plant

Magical blooms  fantasy my click with creative mobile app

Blue pea flowers in blue hand painted planter

Soft fresh black pepper on plants
 Mushy fruit, fresh from my plant, inside has specks of white.
inside of black pepper fresh corns

Close up of spider Lilly flowers in rains

Green pepper fruits plant

inside is specky white grey mushy fruit pepper
 Very spicy , black peppers.
Purple fantasy , my original click with mobile creative app. 
Now the fruits, berries, mushy, are dark purplish black in colour. flowering vine growing along all our other plants, guess it needs support,  has given loads and loads of beautiful tiny yellowish white flowers for most of the summer months and now the fruits had come up, tiny balls of green. The green balls have now become a beautiful  purplish black. The inside of the pepper corns , a mushy fruit, has white specks. The fruits of black pepper are dried and then ground and used as spices and seasoning for many dishes and salads .
The king of spices,  black peppers are costly. Pepper fruit, pepper corn are actually berries of the plant. Green berries are picked up when they are still not ripe. Green, raw and unripe, White after process of removing its covering, and black peppers ripened dried ,are stages of the same fruit. Highly rich in nutritive value these black peppers are grown for their unique flavors and medicinal properties.
Meanwhile while all my plants  are growing happily, there are these -my Survival plants, the Brahma kamal plants look happy and grow and then start to become quiet!Added new plants, and they are looking great on window sill, I am calling them survival plants as they are not taking too well to our open space under the sun, neither are they shooting up into leaves fast. Just about after a month or so some new progress is seen. My obsession with the plant continues, and while all are saying leave this, they will not  grow,  my soul still longs to experience this beautiful magical  happiness of seeing them bloom, Still hoping one day , maybe I will see the Brahma kamal plants give out buds.. bloom!
Also the plants have quiet some eaten leaves, did remove a few  caterpillars but letting them be as they will hope so bring new life , Awesum butterflies in my garden!.
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Awesum Day Rizwana!
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