A soybean looper moth has emerged from my caterpillar eating sage! See my post on the caterpillar eating sage for the beginning of this story.
I checked on the chrysalis almost every day to see when the moth/butterfly would emerge. I was hoping that once it emerged I would be able to identify the caterpillar that had eaten a lot of my sage that I was growing indoors. You might ask why I was growing sage indoors? We were trying to eat more kale because it is so healthy. I found a great recipe for kale soup that has a lot of sage in it. So I decided to grow sage indoors so that I have it available for this recipe.
Soybean Looper Moth Emerges!
One day I checked under the leaf and there was a hole in the chrysalis! Oh no–it has emerged and is somewhere flying in our house. I was so disappointed to have missed it. Then I noticed something black under another leaf and there it was! It must have recently emerged because it seemed its wings were still stretching out after having been crammed into the small space.
Now I Wanted to Identify It
I realized that it was a moth. It had some iridescent gold on its wings and some very interesting markings on its wings that were silvery/gold. They were small but very beautiful. One marking was shaped like an upside down question mark. That mark enabled me to fully identify the moth. Unfortunately you can’t see the iridescent gold in the picture. And the markings look white instead of silvery/gold. It happened to be a warm day so I put him outside on the arugula in my cold frame. I will know later how he survived if I find inchworm caterpillars eating my arugula!
Here is another image of the soybean looper moth. And here is a link to that delicious kale-sage soup.
Just a short post to say that the baked zucchini slices were delicious. We enjoyed them for dinner last night. I also sprinkled some nutritional yeast on them to add some protein and flavor. The squash was so big I still have half of it left! And there was enough for 4 of us for supper. Here is a picture of the slices! The recipe is in the previous blog post.
You need a recipe baked zucchini slices. It is that time of year when, if you miss a few days in your garden, the zucchinis grow huge. That is a 12 inch ruler in the picture showing off the zukes’ size.
We were away for almost a week and I found these two zucchini squashes in the garden. One might be too big but I will cut it open anyway! If the seeds aren’t too big and the inside isn’t mushy I will use it. So I cut it open and the very middle is a little soft but the rest is good so we are going to have very large baked zucchini slices! I will share the recipe because they are delicious!
Peel the Zucchinis??
I don’t usually peel the zukes. I like to eat the whole food because there is a lot of nutrition in the peel. If you do peel them be sure to put the peels in the compost. BTW the worms love zucchini peels! I discovered this when I had some older zucchinis where the skin didn’t look good to eat, so I peeled them.
Recipe Baked Zucchini Slices
My daughter-in-law taught me this very easy recipe. I like to slice the zuke into 1/2 inch slices. You can really do any size you want and vary the cooking time. Dip each slice in egg and then in flavored breadcrumbs. Line them up on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. I like to squish them in so we get more to a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until they are tender. And voila you have a healthy snack or side dish. And you have used your large zucchinis! They are really best right out of the oven. We have warmed them up later but they are not as good. Happy Eating!