Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Garden carpet

There was a garden carpet moth, Xanthorhoe fluctuata, resting on the back wall of the house this morning. This common moth, often found in gardens, has caterpillars that feed on cruciferous plants like cabbages, horseradish and wallflowers. I once grew some white alyssum as I had read that it was "good for butterflies". It was not, but all sorts of things ate it including larvae of the garden carpet.

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