We have spent a wonderful warm afternoon out in the backyard with our new green, squiggly friends. "Friends" I hear you asking? "thought you had one new friend?" Well, actually no, it seems that my gorgeous caterpillar is not alone in his quest to devour my Orange Bell bush, he has two friends who are intent on doing the same! Can you spot them? They are extremely well camouflaged which is good because I have been worrying about the birds getting them all day.
They are nocturnal, we know this because we went out last night with a flashlight to check on them and they were seriously munching away, and today have been completely still.
I have been searching online today trying to identify them without any specific success. I thought they were a Sphinx Moth of some kind but there are so many that I was getting confused. And then my dear, hardcore, outdoorsy friend, you know, the one I hiked Mt Humphreys with just sent me this...................
Amazing no? These are is totally what our caterpillars are. They seem to prefer Orange Bells over my Desert Willow which is just great because my Desert Willow Tree is not big and lush like the Orange Bells. Seriously check out the video, it is fascinating.
Well as I said, it is great to have friends don't you think?