Last week I packed my backpack, threw together some trail mix, a gallon of water and then trekked my lil’ butt out to the garden.
I was merely checking on my eggplant-plant. I am nothing if not prepared.
See the huge green monster here? (yes, Cocoa was wondering why I was taking a picture of a plant. again.)
Ok, maybe that lil’ grasshopper is not THE monster, but it looks like he was eating SOME of the plant. oink oink.
How about THIS monster?
Isn’t he Fugly??? I was askeered of him. And I was irritated to see how much he was eating!!!
You know what he reminded me of? This guy:
And I was so askeered of him, that I could.not.remove.him.
I asked Lindsay to come outside and do it…she said: “ just get a stick and knock him off Mom. Geeze.”
So, I got a stick, and I still.could.not.do.it.
I just watched him eat eat eat.
Finally Linds came out and said she would help me. It took a minute for her to actually SEE him…and when she saw him she made a weird noise and jumped back. “That is a ninja caterpillar, he might jump out and attack me”
I was thinking the.same.exact.thing.
So, I called the Coach and asked him to please get home before dark, so he could help me in this delicate situation.
He came home at dusk. It took him a minute to find him too, I could only point my pointer finger SO close, knowing this was a ninja attacking caterpillar we were dealing with.
Sometimes it takes a different brain to help with a situation…The Coach got my garden scissors, cut just below the Ninja and took that part with the Ninja attached and relocated him far out into our mulch corner of the yard.
Why didn’t I think of that?
After a bit of research, I identified him as the Green Horned Caterpillar. And what do they like to eat? Eggplants, pepper plants and tomato plants. Right now, the only stuff in my garden besides herbs is the eggplant and a red pepper plant. Soon, I will add tomatoes.
I have provided a salad bar for the green horned ninja caterpillar.
I am now working on a green horned ninja caterpillar Plexiglas barrier.
If you need me, I will be in the garden.
Have a great weekend!
Bee careful out there!