This is an ant on the flower head of our parsley. I love the colors. I find the insect world amazing and thrilling to observe. Now that the days are getting warmer and the garden is active with life, the insects are busy and abundant. These close ups will be inspiration for my next series of drawings. I will soon be working on glazing porcelain wall hangings for our upcoming pottery sale with Michael Kline, "Cousins in Clay", on June 6 and 7. Today Michael is on the road delivering his beautiful art pottery to his solo exhibition at the Ferrin Gallery.
The colors of these caterpillars are incredibly rich and vibrant, and the two of them were busily working away on the parsley as well. This caterpillar will become a Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
This is an adolescent caterpillar.
These guys can strip a plant in no time, and seem particularly fond of dill, and fennel, as well as parsley.