We're breaking records here!! This heat is getting to me! I just want to sleep in a dark, cool room!
But sadly I have to work and I need toothpicks for my eyes!! (Φ,Φ) Who remembers that episode from the Tom&Jerry cartoon !! Why is it that of all of the episodes I always think of this one and the one where a little cat sings "mama yo quero"!! <----- Weird!! lol!
Okay, back to this heat!! Major water restrictions now, most of Houston is on voluntary odd/even schedule for watering out doors. Since I don't live in Houston....per se.... Our neighborhood is not on water restrictions "yet"!! There have been reports in some neighborhoods that the fine will be $10,000 if you are caught watering!! What.....that's a little excessive don't you think!!
With all the heat going on, I have a slight little problem with a certain little insect!!! The Caterpillar!!! While I love nature....Really!! These little suckers (no pun intended) have literally sucked the life out of our Cypress Tree and it's the one planted in front of our house! Not pretty! Cypress trees are supposed to be green, plush, full spears that are growing out of the ground. (*_*) it just looks sad and pathetic!
|Look at him....Chomping away on my tree! ugh!!|
|LOOK!!!! He or she needs to hurry up and change into a butterfly!!|
|When I got too close they went back into their cocoon!|
|What a great disguise!! At first I thought it was the tips of the tree burning off cause of the heat.|
|You can see a couple here....I stopped counting a 370....so we estimate at least 500 to 600 cocoons!|
During the taking of these photos, I found out there was a Yellow Jacket nest in the middle of the tree too!! I almost got stung in the eye!! That would not have been fun at all!
When I first noticed the cocoons I actually thought the tips of the tree were burning off, so I started to grab them and throw them in my snipping bucket, then I thought.....it was kind of squishy. Okay I yelped, lol!! and threw it across the yard! lol! This was the first clue, upon closer inspection, I saw they were moving....eeeewwww! Then I noticed the heads and little arms holding on to the plant and chomping away!! It's crazy to see something like this happening....these little insects have disguised their cocoons with pieces of the tree - hence why I was fooled!! Nature is awesome!! Also, I became a little "cooler" to my nephew!! He loves nature too....He has a no-kill policy for bugs!! He thought it was incredible to have all this going on in front of my house! He thinks I'm a scientist now!! lol!! I ♥ the mind of a 7yearold!
Yesterday, I saw about 10 to 15 orange butterflies around my passion flower and morning glory vines!! It was amazing!! I hope I see more today!