This tale in an update with new additions to one originally published by Loret T. Setters on March 13, 2015 at the defunct national blog nativeplantwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments and find working links to other stories.
A February post in 2015 showed the power of love in my native plant and wildlife garden with photos of an array of mating critters.
By March, it seems the seeds have been planted, so to speak, and the eggs are arriving.
Most obvious would be the bluebirds, that have had several broods each year since I started encouraging them by putting up a nest box. They began building in late February this year. March 3rd was the first time I checked and sure enough, there were two eggs.
I checked a second time on March 7th and it seems that the final number of eggs is 5. Stay tuned for the results when they hatch. It takes approximately 13 days for incubation so I’ll start looking for mom and dad bringing home grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillars on or around March 20th.
Earlier in the week I spotted a Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly (Urbanus proteus) dancing along the leaves of the Desmodium spp. I checked around and yes, indeed, I found some eggs. Butterfly eggs are extremely minute but if you watch the female butterfly flitting from leaf to leaf, you can pretty much find one or two if you have your reading glasses nearby.
A few days later I watched a Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) landing on new growth of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) which is just beginning to leaf out. It was barely 2 inches tall and yet mom found it.
The next day I made a point to locate some eggs and was pleased to see that she must have been around earlier in the week as well. How do I know? Well, while photographing the eggs I encountered a small caterpillar as well.
So breeding is in full swing around here and it is nice to see the wildlife garden rewards returning for 2015.
Past observations over the years have led me to discover a lot of different type of eggs in my native plant and wildlife garden.