When I walked outside yesterday I saw right away that something had been at my lilac bush. Animal droppings littered the ground and leaves were stripped from the twigs. First thing that came to mind were rabbits. We have tons of them around here and they are usually the culprit if foliage is missing. Upon closer inspection I found a caterpillar, posed victoriously on the tip of a stick that was efficiently relived of all its leaves. I was livid, I love that lilac bush! I felt like going all wicked witch on them! Oh yes, I would get those pretties!
Jake was outside when I made this discovery so I was faced with a conundrum. Although I was angry I didn’t wand to kill them, even if they are dirty moths in the making (did I mention that I have a fear of moths?). But Jake wanted to keep them as pets. So I snipped the stick that they were dangling on and took them inside to find a mason jar. I regretted that instantly.
Did you know that the only things that caterpillars do are eat, climb and crap? So I spent the whole day turning the sticks that they were perched on upside once they climbed to the top to eat the leaves, then they would eat the leaves at the bottom for a few minutes, crap, and start climbing back up. All day long, eat, crap, climb, eat, crap, climb. And I couldn’t find anything to cover the mason jar! And I couldn’t find anything to make a lid with! I think the kids hid all my mason jar lids and I am the queen of being out of cling wrap.
Anyway, long story short, as soon as Jake’s back was turned those suckers went out for a long walk and got a little lost.