Subject: Marine Blue Laying an Egg
Geographic location of the bug: West Los Angeles
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi Bugman,
It may be silly, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to get a picture of a Marine Blue laying eggs. I’ve been watching them for years in my back yard and rarely ever see them sitting still.
How you want your letter signed: Jeff Bremer
Your image is great, and there is nothing silly about getting excited about getting an image of a Marine Blue laying an egg. Was the chosen plant plumbago? According to BugGuide: “Caterpillar hosts: Leadwort (Plumbago) and many legumes including alfalfa (Medicago sativa), milkvetch (Astragalus), and mesquite (Prosopis).”
Yes, the plant is a Cape Plumbago. By the way, if you acquire a Cape Plumbago, I suggest it be kept in a pot. I planted one in my back yard and it rapidly showed it’s intent on world domination.
I also tried to get a picture of the eggs, but they are so small, I cannot see them.
Thanks for the gardening advice Jeff. We have no plans to plant Plumbago, but it is flourishing in our neighbor’s yard.