measuring the marigolds

This morning I found a crocus geometer moth (Xanthotype sospeta) – a grown-up inchworm – inside our screened porch. I scooped him up into a glass and carried him outside, but he stayed resting inside the glass for over an hour, giving me plenty of time to watch him.

I’ve been trying to plant more caterpillar host plants lately – milkweed, pearly everlasting, pussytoes, and even dill. It’s still too soon to expect more butterflies and moths because of it, but every new visitor is encouraging.