Black Swallowtail Caterpillars and Spiders 5/29/12

It has rained for a few days and it has been so humid out that I haven’t been out in the garden to take pictures.  This evening it was overcast and not so humid so tried to see if I could find some of the Black Swallowtail eggs that may have hatched. The eggs were laid 11 days ago. To my great surprise I found 5 caterpillars munching away on my fennel. 

I also found 3 spiders hanging around.  The spider with the bright red/orange I believe is a Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta).  The other two spiders I believe to be brown widows.  I guess I will have to get rid of the brown widows!!!  We have black widows but I have not seen brown widows around before.

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2 Responses to Black Swallowtail Caterpillars and Spiders 5/29/12

  1. Scott says:

    Every day I’m impressed by the colors of those Venusta Orchard Spiders. Nice pictures!

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