Eggs from observation 7/21 are hatching. They come out yellow then the color develops, similar to mealworms when they become beetles which start white but soon become brown, then black.
Laying eggs on N side of cinder block wall, about 4 to 5 feet above ground. Sweet Alyssum grows nearby.
It is green on the underside and flew away. Found on Spanish squash trimmings.
Caterpillar on blue flowered flax, original source of seed a few generations ago, health food, natural foods store. Also growing nearby, salvia coccinea and possibly snapdragon or alyssum, and caraway scented thyme, and blood flower milkweed. The caterpillar is easily over 1/4 inch diameter.
Was a pupa this morning. This is one of 8 found earlier this year on parsley, one became a butterfly months ago. There were months of difference in time between becoming pupa and butterfly, with only a day or 2 difference in dates hatched from eggs on same plant. They were brought inside, but when a looper got parasitized, moved these guys outside away from the tiny gnat sized ? Wasps?
Adult with regenerated tail.
A western gull?