Swallow Tail Caterpillar munching on Milk Weed.
Much easier to inspect. The lateral trellis allows them to hang down away from the leaves opening up the spaces for light. We got some good production for the summer and the vine was easily removed off the structure in the fall. Many more types will line the circumference of the dome base next season. I will look for longer vines that can extend further up the dome.
In the fall, as the squash and pumpkins were harvested, the light to the inner garden area increased an we saw increased yields from the late season plants after the dome over-story vines were removed. Next year I will try indeterminate tomatoes and cucumber on vertical lines using the support of the dome and perhaps some cross beams (pipe).
Swallow Tail caterpillars are allowed to eat freely. Beneficial perennial habitat is supplied for insects, but the Swallowtail wants my dill and tender annuals. Seen here is the consumption of Milk Weed. I would gladly share whatever they need for the beauty of their flight and pollination of the flowers. Sharing the garden goes hand in hand with expectations of a good harvest. Some of it needs to go to the long time occupants of the garden niche, still you need to recognize the good, the bad, and the just kinda ugly but beneficial insects.
Elderberry juice cooking down for the bottle. 11 quarts from three plants. A years worth of tasty flavoring and highly nutritious antioxidants.