Friday, March 31, 2017

Stay Off the Menu

yellow wooly bear caterpillar

To the Virginian Tiger Moth on our front porch:

I remember last autumn, when you were a Yellow Wooly Bear caterpillar gorging on the plants in our flowerbed. Maybe you knew you'd be on a diet all winter. When your appetite was satisfied, you set out on the longest journey of your short life, trudging across the patio bricks with a purpose. You scaled the porch step, slogged across the porch, and climbed up the window frame all the way to the top.

There you found your perfect niche, and you constructed a fuzzy winter home.

Virginian tiger moth

This week, I noticed that the front of your dwelling had been opened, and that's when I saw you, 
pristine white, clothed in your miniature ermine coat. 

tree frog on window

You probably thought you'd chosen a safe place to rest, but I have a warning for you. On rainy nights, the green tree frogs that you hear singing from the pond sneak up to the porch to dine on creatures like you who are attracted by the house lights.

It's raining tonight. But don't worry, we'll leave the lights off for you.

Linking with Saturday's Critters


Felicia said...

LOL, love it Connie.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Loved this post, and learned things too. I've seen that type of caterpillar, and that type of moth, and didn't know they were the same insect, but have never seen their cocoon. Now I know what to look for.

We are in the suburbs near St. Louis. I sometimes hear tree frogs, but have only seen one during one summer years ago. Guess where he was? On the front of our house, right up near the porch light. He was so cute. We did leave the light on for him. I look for a tree frog again every year, but have never seen one before or since those few evenings that summer years ago.

Have the May peeps started singing yet where you are?

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, awesome post and fantastic photos. Love the cool caterpillar and the cute frog. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Karen said...

Wow, I love your photos.

Jeanne said...

Happy Saturday Connie! I love the story of your caterpillar turned in to beauty in an ermine coat. Great shot! and also love your little tree frog. We hear a million of those at our cabin, but hardly ever actually see one!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the toad and other lovely photos for critters ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What details in your photos! I heard tree frogs last night when I walked and they were so noisy! Hugs!

Mary Cromer said...

Delightful images, charming writing...hugs and blessings~

Brian King said...

Beautiful details!

Jeanne said...

Really beautiful captures! Enjoyed seeing this!