The forage peas continued to grow, reaching over four feet in height. They are flowering now and producing pods. I snapped these photos when I turned the sows into fresh pasture. The caterpillar in the bottom photo is a big one, and the second one I’ve seen, so I decided to try and identify it.
It looks like its a White-lined sphinx caterpillar, (Hyles lineata), commonly known as the Hummingbird moth. This is exciting to me because I’ve only seen a Hummingbird moth once in my life. They’re really cool because they look like a hummingbird, until you watch their movements and realize they’re too slow to be a hummingbird.
I read a book this winter, “Attracting Native Pollinators,” by the Xerces society. It’s all about what we can do to improve the habitat for our native pollinators. In a future post I plan to share some of the fun plantings I’ve done this spring.