My parsley plant is being devoured before my eyes and I am excited! The defoliaters are the caterpillar and larvae of Swallowtail Butterflies. They are gorgeous in the garden but even the caterpillars are beautiful. The larva--not so much. They look like odd, fuzzy pieces of black lint--a lot like ladybug larvae.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden, the hibiscus--yellow, red, orange and pink continue to bloom nearly every day and volunteer sunflowers are turning their heads to the sun all over my backyard.