Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Caterpillars: Not the cool Alice kind

Everywhere, there are caterpillars. Mostly black, with a few light brown spots on the back. They look like bits of rubber tubing, cut out of machines and just barely animated. And they're everywhere, which is a little freaky because you get leery about leaving stuff on the ground. Also I'm almost positive that they're gypsy moth larvae, so that's something we'll have to brace for later in the summer and early fall.

The caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland is kind of a paradox. Smokes a hookah and generally seems very worldly, even though he's basically an insect baby.


susan said...

That definitely sounds like gypsy moth caterpillars. Nasty things. A couple of summers ago we found one of their webs overhanging one of the park paths that Jer took down and stepped on. Guys used to set them on fire where that was possible.

The one in Alice was most definitely something else altogether.

Ben said...

I'm seeing trees with gnawed-up leaves now, which is further evidence of guilt. They've invaded Nova Scotia as well, it sounds like. At least I assume they're an invasive species there as well. Sounds like some people are proactive in dealing with them as well.

It was something else all right. Gotta wonder what it would have developed into.