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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jul 13, 2015 5:08 AM CST
It happened last year and this was happening now. I was wondering. My lovely little Kalanchoe blosfeldiana plant was suddenly becoming ugly and leaves changing colour. I had guessed it was overwatering or some behaviour of the plant itself. It had grown back. This time, I took the pot [ small one] up in my hand and took a close look. There was something in the leaves!!

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The fleshy green leaves were becoming transparent. When I held the plant leaves to the sun, I could see that and the tiny poops revealed it:

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There were larvae inside, eating the chlorophyll, going inside... I had seen the leaves being cut and eaten, with holes, but not something like this! They were happily feeding on the leaves, hiding from predators. I guessed they would be of a grass blue butterfly and today, I checked they were indeed, the larvae of Pale Grass Blues which are common in my yard. I had seen two pairs mate in the last one week.

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The leaves would grow back slowly, but in the fear, I removed them. Next time, I'll leave them alone.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. ~ GB Shaw, 'Adventures of the black girl'
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 13, 2015 2:44 PM CST

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Great photographs! And thanks for sharing your story. I never knew a caterpillar would go inside the leaves like that. Very interesting stuff!
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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jul 14, 2015 2:50 AM CST
Thanks Melanie. Do you know a rose petal can also be separated like that into two layers? In school we used to play with the rose petals from which we used make a little whistling sound by blowing it at the spot where the petal was plucked. It would puff up a bit.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. ~ GB Shaw, 'Adventures of the black girl'
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 14, 2015 11:21 AM CST
Thisis very intersting to see! Dino, thanks for sharing. Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Jul 14, 2015 12:50 PM CST

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I didn't know that about rose petals, either! They're hard to grow in Florida because of the heat and humidity. I'm just learning all sorts of new stuff here!
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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jul 15, 2015 11:49 AM CST
@vitrsna, do see this larva.
I too learnt stuff like 'host plants of butterflies' and the likes here!
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. ~ GB Shaw, 'Adventures of the black girl'

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