Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Infestation!






 I know that it's been awhile since my last blog post. My apologies, but it's fishing season, and I need to make money, like most of the rest of the world. Couple that with the fact that I'm getting old and tired, and by the time I get home and have supper, it's usually after nine o' clock,  I don't have much energy left to do a blog post. I'm writing one now because it's really foggy this morning and I wanted to do something before I go wet some lines.

In the pictures above you can see that we've been visited by an infestation of hungry caterpillars. These particular ones are called Wooley Bears, at least that's what I've been told. I normally don't have anything against caterpillars. When you see one or two around town, it's kind of a neat thing. However, I guess due to the extended spell of hot, dry weather this summer, we got inundated with the blasted things. I had dozens of them every day on my flowering crab apple tree in the front yard. In the second picture you can see the destruction that they bring. They have an appetite that is unrestricted. They don't stop eating until they've consumed everything, and then they move on to the next green bush.  They only seem to like particular plants, and of course those appear to be the very plants that I have in my yard. Go figure. I've never seen so many caterpillars in my life. Jan and I went out the road last week for a drive and they were crossing the road by the dozens. It was like Wooley Bear New York City. I personally picked probably a hundred or more from my tree and bushes, and yet every day there are more. Where are they all coming from, and why aren't there any birds hanging around feasting on them?  Every winter I spend big bucks making sure my feathered friends don't starve to death. You would think that there would be a little appreciation and they'd come back and start chowing down. What's not to like about a big, juicy, fuzzy caterpillar? Especially if you're a bird. It's like your job to eat them! Ah well, nature out of balance. I need to stop here and get ready to conk some fish so I can make some money so I can sit at the computer all winter and do whatever I do. I hope wherever you are you're pest-free and enjoying the green things that grow around you.  Have a Wooley Bear day!

4 comments:

  1. When I get down there I'll start picking caterpillars for you! Ahahahahha! Love you.

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  2. I hope their all gone by then. I pulled off about ten this afternoon just when I took the dog out. The poor crab apple tree is looking pretty shabby after they've chowed down on it for a month. Terri Fisk says that according to the Farmer's Almanac, all the Wooley Bears mean it's going to be a tough winter. Oh joy, something to look forward to.

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  3. I didn't realize Wooly Bears were destructive little buggers. We see a few of them now and then. The bane of Jim's existence this year are the Japanese Beetles. No true predator exists for the little rat bastards. They are also incredibly destructive, and Jim has descended into Japanese Beetle Tourette's every time he goes out to check our new raspberry bushes and the new weeping willow. We feel your pain!

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  4. Thanks Jill- it's terribly frustrating. They're actually kind of cute, but they do eat... A Lot! Have you ever read The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar? They really go to town. As far as I know there isn't any books about Japanese beetles. Maybe we can ship them back to Japan?

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