43 thoughts on “Wooly Worm

  1. Fantastic to see these little buggers (!) at work! Where were these taken if you don’t mind me asking – and how long did it take him to eat it up like this??

    1. The pictures were taken in my yard in central Indiana, USA. I first noticed the little bugger eating the flower on Tuesday last week. I checked back in on Saturday and saw him finishing it off. So he ate on it for five days. Quite the feast! Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Smiles are the first priority. The wonders of nature a close second. Have a fabulous day and thanks for checking in. 🙂

    1. That, Grower, is the remarkable thing. He ate on that flower for five days straight and made quite a meal of it. I confess I do not know what he will become but I know he is well nourished. 🙂

    1. Thanks again. By the way, earlier in the summer I gave you some highly dubious advice. With respect to Bee Balm, I recommended just letting it go to seed and revel in its aging beauty. Fortunately my smart and courageous lady, Firefox, had the sense and guts to deadhead a bit of it. That which was deadheaded bloomed again nicely. Wow. To think of the many years we’ve let it go brown…. sorry for the bad advice. Three cheers for Firefox! 🙂

      1. Don’t worry about it Jim. I will try deadheading it next year. I had the same dilemma with a butterfly bush but just left it and now it’s blooming like crazy. Sometimes I get so busy that they just have to be on their own and do their own thing 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Shame on him! 😀 On the other hand, he has to survive too, so one flower isn’t that bad…

    1. Hey! He was hungry. Clearly. We have a long winter ahead, I fear. I don’t begrudge him a nice dinner, but I will call him out on the blog nonetheless. Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy. I was particularly pleased with this set of photos. The ol’ wooly worm was positioned just right to catch some nice backlighting through his fuzziness. And his monster meal made for a nice story line. Have a fabulous day. 🙂

      1. The wooly worm captures were perfect. I love how you positioned the worm. Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing! Happy Friday 🙂

    1. Me too. I confess I haven’t researched it yet and don’t automatically know. We have quite a few winged beauties around here during the summer. Hmmmmm….. something to look into. 🙂

      1. Yes it should be interesting to find out. Here too we have quite a few different caterpillars around, many of them turn into moths. Have a nice day 🙂

    1. Thanks Twisted Yarn. I can readily express how much I appreciate your generous comment. I had more verses in my mind and the pictures to support them, but I thought the nice, short poem was right. Call him out as a thief and be done! Thank you for reinforcing my creativity today. 🙂

    1. He can put down a mighty meal! I have not researched him. I know, I know…. the gall! To think of the audacity to write blog posts about which I know nothing. Oh well, if I were confined to that about which I was well informed, the ol’ blog would become very thin indeed. 🙂

    1. Trust me, I was smiling too. Of course I could have written a post calling him cute and fuzzy, but I thought that was obvious. Better to inject a little hostility. I’ll keep an eye on him and maybe see where he goes from here. 🙂

      1. Never been stung by one of those little hairy fellows, they don’t like to be messed with! Thanks for the lovely shots, they are so beautiful and uplifting.

  3. Hi Jim,

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Beautiful pictures, a love of the natural world as it unfolds in your garden…and a sense of humor.
    What more could I ask?



    1. Hi Gabrielle. Thank you for this nice and generous note. I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. It is most encouraging. It is exciting to think that a botanical gardener, which I gather you are, finds my blog to be enjoyable. I’m not particularly knowledgeable, but I do have a nice piece of the earth to work with and flowering plants usually respond well to my touch. And oh how I love them! We have interesting and various light here, which makes for good pictures. And the sense of humor… if you detect it, then it is so. 🙂 Have a great day. I look forward to more of your posts about your botanical gardens.

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