Found these guys munching on my jackfruit tree. They are larvae of a moth called Automeris io (Fabricius). Those pretty little spines on their backs are venomous! This moth is very identifiable because it appears to have a large pair of eyes on its bottom wings. I've decided not to squash these guys and I will give them a chance to go through their metamorphosis. I really feel iffy about it though! #caterpillars #venomous #jackfruit #secondchance #futuremoth #iwannasqishthem
@lovestogarden I bought the tree about two and a half years ago. It is a beautiful specimen and it is probably 15 feet tall now. The bark is gorgeous and the shape of the tree is perfect. The fruit that started last year didn't stay because it was its first year to produce fruit. This year there are several fruits starting and I'm very excited. Hopefully they stay on for good!
@lovestogarden no, I am not a vegetarian but I do eat tons of fresh vegetables and fruits and meats. I am intolerant of gluten so that took me to a whole foods diet which I admit I truly love. I have seen this mock barbecued pulled pork dish made from jackfruit that you're talking about and I do want to try that. I had some jackfruit a few years ago and I really liked it. I'm trying to grow a variety of permanent food bearing plants and fruit trees for the tropics are already in the ground.
@drnicko This tree has been grafted. I am in growing zone 10A and I live in Southwest Florida. Due to the lack of rain recently some of my young fruits are not surviving. This is the first year for the tree to bear fruit though so it is a good sign for the future!
@drnicko I saw in your photos all of the tropicals you were growing. When I see all of the plants that can be grown in cooler climates I feel a little jealous but there's something about being able to grow tropicals that is very satisfying.