the invasion has started

9 07 2006

Danny Kaye wrote:

Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigold
You and your arithmetic
You’ll probably go far
Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigold
Seems to me you’d stop and see
How beautiful they are

Mr. Kaye obviously had never met an inchworm in other stages of its life. Our neighbors next door had an evergreen tree devoured and killed by these little cuties, and as they munched the wood, they covered themselves in a cone of tree debris. As they finish off the tops of the trees, they lower themselves on silk “bat-ropes” for more feasting. These dangling measuring creatures are at human eye level, nose level, chest level, and are unavoidable! YUCK!

inchworm larveSwinging in the ever-present breeze, I found these perpetuallysmiling swaying larvae impossible to photograph, so here is a shot of one on the sidewalk (nice camouflage, huh?). Here’s another shot, with the subject smiling for the camera.




2 responses

10 07 2006
Quinn McDonald

Those things hatch out to wasps. Inchworms turn into wasps. Who knew? In another part of the country they are called cutworms. By any other name just as yuck. –Q

11 07 2006

So you’re telling me the fun is just beginning? GREAT!

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