There was a story about these tiresome caterpillars on the 6 o’clock news last night. Check it out!
We set them on fire. poor things.
See that white spot on the end of this guy. It’s the egg of a parasitic wasp or a fly (not quite sure which one) but anyway, it lays it’s egg on the caterpillar and then when it hatches it feeds on the caterpillar’s insides and eventually kills it. gross! But I’m cheering them on (the parasites, I mean!) Nature has it all worked out.
I noticed today that all those little white cotton candy-like things in the plum tree are cocoons!
The caterpillars are working on becoming moths soon and that’s a good thing I suppose, for now…..since it means they’ll stop eating everything.
I was hoping this was the end of the cycle for another few years but with all these cocoons all over everything, I’m having some doubts. We shall see!