Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I am baffled.
I just cannot figure out what that caterpillar in the photo is. I have seen several very similar in my entomology books. I also looked it up in this amazing site but no luck.
I know this photo and the ones below, with captive insects in jars, probably make people think I am 12, but I know of no other way to be as sure as I possibly can be that I am not killing a beneficial or harmless bug. And so I go out every morning beetle and slugs hunting and every morning I wonder what cultures eat those slimy things...and should I contact them to ask for a recipe? Seriously, if we could eat those things we'd save ourselves a pretty penny in groceries.
For those squirming at the mere thought of slugs on your dinner plate...if you ever had escargot (glorified snails), shrimp, lobster or any other form of mollusk...well, then you'd probably understand where I am coming from. I need to make one thing clear: my mouth does not water at the sight of those little monsters.