Saturday, September 29, 2007

Monster Caterpillar

I look across the street and see my neighbor standing in her driveway jumping up and down with a rake in her hand. She seems to be using the rake to swat at something in the Japanese Maple. I remembered using a similar strategy to retrieve the little badminton thing whenever my brother and I would knock it into the tree, but somehow I didn't think Shirley was a badminton player.

"I've got to ask what you are doing," I said.

She laughed. "I could tell you it's none of your business, but I've got a huge caterpillar in my tree, and he's eaten all the leaves off that branch."

I looked up and saw the biggest caterpillar I've seen in my life. Or else a small dinosaur. I mean, this thing was huge! Forget about using him for fish bait. If a fish tried to eat him, the caterpillar would take the fish, slap him around a couple of times, and pin him to the hook, then steal the fish's girlfriend.

You know you're a little obsessed with your blog when you catch a creature like this and the first thing you think is, " I know what I'm writing about today!


Diana said...

Omigosh - that is HUGE!!!! I laughed out loud about your comment about blog obession when writing about caterpillars brings you such satisfaction!!! ha ha -- it's what I wrote about day before yesterday!!! Mine was small and fuzzy and a stinging caterpillar, but I was undeniably obsessed with him. You can find him at

Mary said...

Hey, David, if that's what it takes, GO FOR IT! LOL! I understand. Sometimes, a wild find like an enormous catepillar is immediately blog-worthy :o)

Michelle said...

Fantastic! Let's hook him up with my giant slug!

I agree about the blogger trait though. The most often heard phrase in my backyard is, "I need to get the camera".

Blackswamp_Girl said...

He's also very orange! Like he had a bad run-in with one of those cheapo self-tanners. Any idea what he is--Friend or foe?

David in Greensboro, NC said...

There are worse things to be obsessed about, Diana. By the way, you have a great blog!

It beats writing about the drought, Mary. Still no rain where you are either, huh?

Our neighbors probably talk about both of us, Michelle!

That's the description I was looking for in describing his color to a friend, Blackswamp!!! A bad self-tanning job. Love it! Don't know if he's good or bad, but the way he was munching on those leaves, I don't want him near my plants! Maybe a raccoon will eat him.