Caterpillars, of course, need vegetation to feed on — but not just any vegetation. Georgia’s native caterpillars and other insects have evolved over great spans of time to depend on certain native plants for nourishment. Non-natives, such as Chinese privet and Japanese honeysuckle, can’t support the huge volumes of insects needed by nesting birds.
“Chinese privet actually reduces insect abundance and diversity,” said Edwards.
The take-home message, then, is: To help the birds, plant wildflowers and other flora native to Georgia in yards and gardens. Minimize use of non-natives.
More information: https://www.atlantaaudubon.org/plants-for-birds.html
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon, in first quarter tonight, will “grow“ to full moon by next Saturday (May 18). Venus is low in the east just before sunrise. Mars is very low in the west at dusk and sets about two hours later. Jupiter rises out of the east before midnight; Saturn does so a few hours later.