Thursday, June 5, 2014

Recreating a Walk

Because I wrote this essay last year, I remembered that it was at lilac time that we found the checkerspot caterpillars. And because we didn't find a single monarch caterpillar last summer, I knew I for sure wanted to at least raise some checkerspot butterflies. So I set out to recreate the same walk, with Z and M in tow (E was not in the mood).

We saw no turtles at the pond, but instead saw many gray tree frogs, fat little lumps sunning on the rocks. 

One decided Z made a good tree, temporarily.

In the woods, we found the same magenta honeysuckle, as bright and startling as when I didn't expect it (we also found a lot more poison ivy).

And in the field, bees (this one is kind of normal-sized, but most of the bumblebees I've seen this year are as big as kittens. Have you noticed this?).

And, gratefully, caterpillars. Lots and lots of caterpillars.

We brought a bunch home to keep in our butterfly jar. Z and I went across the street to collect lilacs. My poor secret lilac bush has gotten so shaded by the encroaching woods, that it's down to making just a few clusters of flowers (at the same time my own bushes are finally putting out more than a couple). 

1 comment:

  1. Nice close up shot of the caterpillars! Can't wait to see them as they grow.


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