|African Emperor Moth caterpillar|
as photographed by my friend Lillian Reddy
I thought I would share this most exciting caterpillar my friend found in her garden last weekend. Actually there were hundreds of them, all dropping down from the trees to burrow underground for the winter, where they will transform into African Emperor Moths. I have never seen one before, but I immediately wanted to whisk it off to the imaginary garden. Isn't it spectacular?
Of course, it will have a long sleep now and emerge with wings come our September Spring. Although I have a long wait, I know that many must be seeing signs of Spring all around them, a very exciting time for poets.
As always, we invite you to share your poetical musings with us today. There are no restrictions as far as theme, subject or form is concerned but we do ask that your post contain some manner of poetry, as this is not a forum for photography or other genre.
What a fascinating caterpillar! I have a traumatic childhood memory with caterpillars. I lived in a building surrounded with trees where caterpillars would grow as if they were flowers and the boys who lived in the building would take them on sticks and chase us around the block trying to throw them at us. :S
Happy Monday Toads, it's always great to be here.
Ugly caterpillar! Huge! Kind of like this poem that was ugly. I hope this revision makes it more like a butterfly or moth.
Have a nice week, dear poets!
Forgive me, Kerry! :)
A remarkable picture...I've never seen anything remotely like that in my trees!
What an amazing creature...gorgeous photos. Happy Monday everyone!! May this be a great week!
that caterpillar is amazing, Kerry. somewhere i have a short video of some kind of crazy caterpillar undulating in a very alien way... when we saw it, we were all WHAT IS THAT! a weird caterpillar, that's what it was. fascinating!
That is an absolutely amazing caterpillar, Kerry! Thanks for sharing it. I occasionally see the ones for Luna moths here--they too are huge and unfortunately, very slow-moving and easy prey. Enjoy the hatch!
I checked out your Lunar moth and caterpillar, Hedge. Beautiful, both of them.
LOVE caterpillars (my daughter used to call them "callerpitters.") This guy is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!
Posting late … I am on my way to the barn but will be back once I get the youngest tucked in bed. I DO wish I was still on vacation, but it is nice to be back her win the Garden as well!
Fascinating picture Kerry ~ I would have love to see that first hand ~
Hey Kerry--great pics-- coming very late, k.
That really is spectacular!
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