I travelled again to my friend's swamp to gather limerock for Mount Pure Florida or "Olympus Ponds" as I like to call it.
"It" being the gardenpondwaterfolly feature growing in the front yard.
It's like a black hole for rocks.
A cool sunny day and a liberal misting of Cutter Insect Repellent kept the mosquitoes at bay, but I did not venture into the deep shadey regions to see the little creek this time. I don't think I carry enough hemoglobin for that ...
Mostly I gathered rocks, but as usual, there were a few diversions from grunting rocks out of clay soil.
I did find Giant Swallowtail caterpillars feeding on what seems to be poison ivy. I've wrestled with other possibilities, but it still appears to be poison ivy. So, bug nerds, do the larvae of Giant Swallowtails eat poison ivy?
I'll share those Swallowtail photos later this week, but in keeping with my general laissez faire attitude toward bug ID, I present you with a gift of unknown (to me) caterpillars.
Let us unwrap your squishy gift.
Here we see your present all wrapped up.
We begin the opening ... pretty exciting huh?
Here at last is your lovely gift.
You don't like it?
Here's some advice ... "Never look a gift larvae in the frass"
The fruits of my labors sit awaiting direction by the Director.
She pulled a muscle the last time we did rock arranging, so this time I made her just tell me where she wanted them and I did the heavy lifting.
I figure I lifted each of these rocks 3 times at least ...
1) When I first gathered them.
2) When I unloaded them back at PFHQ
3) When I was told where to put them.
And you wonder why I'm skinny...