Glorious BUGS

That title is meant as warning for those of you that wouldn’t like to be surprised by a photo of an insect. I hope that you will take at least a little peek – I start out with a couple of small pictures – as I’m about to show you the jazziest-looking caterpillar that I have ever seen, a bright green one with little orange-red, yellow and blue, – yes, blue – protrusions!

Check out the spectacular head-gear.

584 BUG sideview

I found him/her munching on one of our blueberry bushes, along with this sister/brother.

584 BUG bro

Who knows, there may be several more of these guys hiding on other bushes and trees in our yard.

I can’t help but think that we’re a little nuts to let these ravenous beasts live on in our blueberry patch, but we feel a sense of connection as we met their gorgeous moth mother as she busily laid eggs on our garden fence early this summer. Click here to see an adult Cecropia, the largest moth native to North America. We never got to see Mom with her wings laid out flat like that, but I’d guess that her wingspan was at least five inches.

We look forward to when these Bugs finally Stop Eating and spin their drab cocoons. I read that these things can grow to four and a half inches in length!

584 BUG w:ruler

I’ll let you know how many Cecropia moths we see around the yard next year. Hopefully there won’t be a plague of them – I read that Mom may have laid over one hundred eggs!

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6 Responses to Glorious BUGS

  1. Karen says:

    What beautiful caterpillars! You are not “nuts” to let them live in your blueberry patch! Everything in Nature has a purpose. Thank you for appreciating the fascinating lives of insects, and for letting Mother Nature do her thing. And thank you for not being one of those people who shrieks “Eeek, a bug!” and runs for a can of Raid (which kills not only the bug, but whatever creature might eat the dead bug–birds, etc.). Also, you should not have to worry about a plague of Cecropia moths, as Mother Nature takes care of that by predation. Very few of those caterpillars will actually live long enough to reproduce. I’m sure your blueberry bushes will be fine!

    “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” –John Muir

    • I’m good with most bugs but sometimes the sudden appearance of a spider, particularly a Big one or a JUMPING one – I really don’t like the jumping ones. shiver. – causes an involuntarily “Eeek!. lol

      Raid is reserved for yellow jackets’ underground nests. You really, really don’t want to mow over one or even kneel near one while weeding. Yowza!! They can be very aggressive.

  2. maryisidra says:

    Wow! This looks like a critter from a Disney cartoon 🙂 My motto in gardening is to always plant enough for me and a little extra for “them”. That is unless they become a problem, then watch out here comes the soapy water. You should try to hatch a cocoon in a large jar or something just for fun. Thanks for sharing…

  3. tiniree says:

    Wow! Such colors 🙂

  4. I LOVE this! It becomes a gorgeous moth! I keep up with a group on FB where people post pictures of moths and butterflies throughout the state. It’s fun and beautiful to see.

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