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Hunting for Zebra Swallowtail Eggs and Caterpillars

Make your own fun. Go out and hunt for zebra swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on pawpaw trees! You will first need to find pawpaw trees: Asimina triloba . Here in Southern Maryland, they are common in damp forests.(See pictures below)

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs

The eggs look like tiny pearls.

Pawpaw Tree Leaf

Pawpaw leaves usually get wider towards the tip and this reminds me of a stylized puppy dog’s ears. This might help you remember the name pawpaw because dogs have paws.

Pawpaw Asimina-triloba Fruit

Pawpaws have edible fruit.

Pawpaw tree flowers Asimina triloba

Pawpaws have beautiful maroon flowers.

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar on pawpaw

Here is a zebra swallowtail caterpillar on a pawpaw leaf.

Found Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar small

Be sure to look closely. Check the underside of leaves because that is where they usually are hiding.

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar

So exciting when you find one!

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

The adult zebra swallowtail butterfly.

Pawpaw trees can be found growing in the following states: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV.

MYO Cork Board From Wine Corks And Vintage Belt

Wine Cork Board made with belt

Save all your wine corks so you can make one of these cute/ functional cork boards. This project is pretty self explanatory. I didn’t even bother to glue the corks. Cinch the belt tight and they stay in place.WineCorkBoardHeartDetailE

OK, it was just before Valentine’s day when I took these photos. Hence, the heart…


Hermit Thrush Study

Hermit Thrush perched on girl's finger

My daughter and I get a good yet brief look at this beautiful hermit thrush. Life is full of teaching moments.


This hermit thrush bumped into the window of our house. This happens on occasion despite our efforts to prevent bird strikes. We put it in a shoe box inside so it could be safe and warm while recovering (15 minutes or so?). Fortunately it recovered soon after and we snapped a few quick photos before it flew off.


Valentine Photo Holder Made From Recycled Materials






The corks are re-purposed as well as the hooks. I saved these hooks from when I purchased some socks. Use two hooks just flip one over and make a heart. I think it is so cute. I’ve been wanting to share this simple project for a few years now.

Photo Holder Made from recycled materials