August 31, 2010

The "Blob" At My Panama Door

There are worse surprises than finding a spider on your bed or a snake at your breakfast table.

Yesterday, very early, as I tidied up and swept my front porch, I noticed a pile of what looked like small trails of ... well... dirt? Only thing was, the pile was slowly moving down the path, like a slinking, slithering  blob.

As I honed in on the mass of black, I realized that it was a glob of maybe a hundred black caterpillars, squiggling individually, but moving slowly, grotesquely and neatly as one collective and large mass.

I have to say, this spectacle kind of put me off my feed..

Yes, Taoists and Buddhists, I blasted them with my lethal weapon, an economy size can of Raid. No guilt.

 And here they are, a little closer to the edge. (And so was I.)


Michael said...

For a moment in time, I thought Dean Koontz was writing.

Gnightgirl said...

Ugh, I've never even heard of such a thing. And...caterpillars...aren't they supposed to be fuzzy and cute? Those are naked.

Anonymous said...

Hi There,

This is a mass of larvae of the order Hymenoptera, genus Perreyia. Aka Sawfly larvae. They can be poisonous to animals if eaten. The toxins are powerful and unique in biology, so don't let your kids play with/crush these things. They seem otherwise harmless, so best just to let them get on by to wherever they are going!

Yours Aye,

Steven H.

News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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