I have a whole new crop of caterpillar photos, thanks to Yolanda and Pasiano who had them all lined up on the patio table for me last week. Pasiano had been picking the hornworm caterpillars off the overhead Virginia creeper vines over the patio, and knowing how fascinated I am with them, they’d produced a display of all the different stages. I saw a new one this time. In sixteen years, I’ve never see the smallest red stage–the one with the horn that seems to eventually grow into an eye. In the third photo, you can see its size in relation to the largest size. Here they are, modelling their finery for us before being relocated to the vacant lot. We never kill caterpillars in this house. They are fascinating creatures that I both love and dread to see every year. I don’t begrudge them their food—just their poop and how hard it is to find and relocate them.
I hope you click on the first photo to enlarge and read the commentary as you see the slide show.