Black Cherry Inchworm

Today’s Front Yard Nature: an inchworm on a Black Cherry seedling.
This is how nature is supposed to work: native plants = caterpillar food.
No one was eating the equally tiny seedlings of exotic bush honeysuckle in the same porch crack.

My nearest mature Black Cherry tree is blocks away, but every summer, birds poop the purple-painted seeds onto the driveway, the yard and the cracks in the porch. This too, is how nature is supposed to work.
I toss the exotic weeds to shrivel in the sun, but I plant some of the natives in cups to grow, or to give away, or to plant somewhere else when nobody’s watching.

Black Cherry / Prunus serotina is one of the Prunus species on the National Wildlife Federation’s native plant finder for my zipcode. The list states that it can feed 320 species of caterpillar, but right now, this particular Black Cherry is only big enough to support *one.*


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Bio:
Joanna Brichetto is a naturalist and writer in Nashville, the hackberry-tree capital of the world.
She writes about everyday marvels amid everyday habitat loss, and her essays have appeared in Creative NonfictionBrevity, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, The Hopper, Flyway, The Common, Stonecrop Review, The Fourth River and other journals. Her forthcoming book is Paradise in a Parking Lot: Unlikely Stories from Urban Nature.

2 thoughts on “Black Cherry Inchworm

  1. I love this so much Joanna! I would not even have seen it! Please post this on SSG Facebook!

    Maureen

  2. SO COOL, Joanna – the idea that the closest mature black cherry tree is blocks away, and yet you have seedlings AT YOUR HOUSE!
    🙂

    From: Sidewalk Nature
    Reply-To: Sidewalk Nature
    Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11:25 AM
    To: Mary Stevens
    Subject: [New post] Black Cherry Inchworm

    Joanna Brichetto posted: ” Today’s Front Yard Nature: an inchworm on a Black Cherry seedling.This is how nature is supposed to work: native plants = caterpillar food.No one was eating the equally tiny seedlings of exotic bush honeysuckle in the same porch crack. My nearest “

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