Friday, May 7, 2010

What on EARTH?

Seriously, this creature makes me question the existence of aliens.

worm

Last year, my friend and I freaked out over these nasty little guys… They looked like bird poop on my lemon trees. Then as we were bending down over the tree, it MOVED.  AND it had a scary face with horns (which apparently gives them super scary powers against their predators).  Cue the screaming & skeeved-out shivers. They had eaten their way through most of the leaves on these trees that I had babied for a couple of years… and I’m DETERMINED to have some lemonade one day. Obsessively determined.

While watering the lemon trees this morning, I saw that the nasty little creatures had returned. Today, unlike last year, I was prepared. I broke out my handy dandy organic pest spray and hosed the suckers. Then, because I was skeeved out, I picked them off my precious leaves and stomped on them for extra satisfaction.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

What IS that thing??? Creepy!

southerninspiration said...

eeeewwwwwwww.......what is it?

Nicole said...

Ugggg! I hate the bugs of the South!

That's just gross.

Karen said...

HI! Those are caterpillars that will turn into butterflies! Swallowtail butterflies, I believe. Please say you didn't kill them!

marybee said...

hee hee- i googled "caterpillars that look like bird poop" and came across this: http://www.butterflygardeningandconservation.com/butterfly/st/giant.php
but man, those are UGLY caterpillars!!

marybee said...

ok, try this, actually...
http://www.butterflygardeningandconservation.com/butterfly/st/giant.php

marybee said...

ok, still not working. sorry!!