Behind the Scenes with Asclepias Physocarpa

Nothing to do with one’s psychology, Asclepias physocarpa is the botanical name for what is commonly known as the “Swan Plant”in NZ. This ‘behind-the-scenes‘ plant acts as a host to

  • (a) Swantail Caterpillar
  • (b) Monarch Caterpillar
  • (c) Swallowtail Caterpillar
  • (d) Moths
  • (e) None of the above

If you got misled by the name and thought Swantail Caterpillar, you are wrong 🙂 BTW, there is no such caterpillar by that name 😛

The Swan Plant is not native to NZ and is typically grown in home gardens. It acts as a host (read: FOOD) to the Monarch Caterpillar and brings color and life to your garden. I was lucky enough to get this shot with one of the Monarch caterpillar in Rathi (my SIL’s) neighbor’s garden.

Update: Also saw a bunch of cocoons and caterpillars at Rathi’s aunt’s. According to Rathi, I should be able to sight some Monarch butterflies.

Fingers crossed I will be able to see some Monarch butterflies flitting around in these gardens before I leave NZ 🙂

No one but YOU knows how hard you work, how many hrs you put in behind the scenes, so rely on YOURSELF for approval, not the outside world. ~Unknown

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