Big Green Manduca Caterpillars

What are those big green caterpillars and are they killing my tree? Short Answer – no, those manducas will not kill your tree! Furthermore those caterpillars turn into pollinating moths. Yes, moths do pollinate in the Southwest! Big Green Caterpillars There are a number of caterpillars munching their way across the Southwest after the relatively moist summer we had. Most commonly seen are the tomato hornworm and the tobacco hornworm. Both of these eat voraciously and grow into big green caterpillars. By the time most folks notice them, they are Read more

Here’s Why Are Ants Awesome!

We all know pollinators are important – but did you know that ants are too? While it’s true that there are some troublesome ants out there, there far more kinds of beneficial ants doing their part to improve the soil and better the growing conditions for plants. The “One-Percenters” Ruin It for the Rest. All ants get a bad rap because about one percent of them are bothersome to humans. The other 99 percent go their merry way – entirely ignoring humans. My motorcycle riding friends have a similar problem.  Read more

Wildlife Resistant Plants for the Southwest

Wildlife keep getting into the yard and munching my carefully nurtured plants. Grrr! Yes, they dig under or climb (or jump) over the barriers and decimate my plantings. The hungry wildlife in my corner of the Southwest include deer, javelina, raccoon, skunk, jack rabbit, cottontail rabbit, rock squirrel, ground squirrel, packrat, and mice. They are all hungry and relentless. (Legal note – this post contains affiliate links.  If you click on them and make a purchase, the non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few cents at no additional Read more