Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gusty Winds - and a few creatures I've captured

We've had a few days of really gusty Santa Ana winds recently. On Monday when I came home from work, I went over to the sliding glass door and thought, "Where is our patio furniture?" Well, smart us, we didn't crank down the umbrella on our patio table, so the wind basically picked it up and tossed it across the yard. Chairs were knocked over, our table was flipped upside down and the umbrella was on the other side of the yard.

We had been prepared enough to at least bring our little herbs in to sit on the kitchen table. On Tuesday I was checking out my little Basil plant. I had been wondering what was eating all of the leaves...and then I saw it! A little green caterpillar! He was sitting there just munching away on my beautiful Basil! So I captured him. I felt like a little kid all over again. I put him in a little Tupperware jar and covered it with plastic wrap. Then I poked holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick. I decided I might as well give him the rest of the half eaten leaves since I wouldn't use them after he slobbered all over them! Now he's my pet. haha

Cuong had planted a green bell pepper plant out in our little "garden". Recently that's been getting eaten up pretty badly. I went out there after work yesterday to check it out. More munching had occurred! I was about to walk away when I saw the biggest caterpillar I had ever seen! I ran inside to get another Tupperware cup. He wouldn't let me just scrap him off the I ran back inside and grabbed a chopstick. I figured I would just flip him into the cup. That didn't work either! That sucker was STRONG! My only option was to cut his little branch off and then put the whole thing in my cup.

I watched him periodically while watching the debate. He munched away on the little branch. You could actually hear him eating by just sitting there!

This morning I took this picture and he had practically eaten everything I had already given him! Little pig!

Ahhhh, nature!

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