Extreme Shortage

The catalpa tree has been a quiet place this summer.

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This leaf had fallen from the tree, and these are eggs of the catalpa sphinx moth. These were the only ones I found. Usually they’re quite numerous.

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This leaf had fallen from the tree too. The caterpillars probably won’t survive since they’re too small to get back up in the tree.

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The caterpillar didn’t like my presence and started making rapid movements that were meant to deter me.

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The movements got more dramatic.

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The caterpillar went from leaf to leaf on its way to the south.

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I left after this dramatic display. I didn’t want to stress it any more.

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The catalpa tree has all its leaves … so I wonder what the caterpillar numbers will be like next year?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. You have a very sharp eye and a good camera.

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  2. I never see many bugs on our catalpas.

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