I started this post last week with some positivity and excitement in my heart.
A very happy and exciting event this (last) week was that I’ve been seeing my Polydamas flying around and I’ve got a boatload of babies on my Pipevine. Remember the last time I tried to video she/he, it didn’t pan out so well for me. I compared the butterfly to Sasquatch because I couldn’t verify she existed. But, on Sunday afternoon, I turned into an award wining cinematographer.
So, where’s my award? Kidding. Two showed up, surprised me and really made me look like I know what the heck I’m doing! Kids, dont’t try this at home, I am a trained professional.
That was last Sunday.
Yesterday, things were different.
–Insert Debbie Downer background music here–
Yesterday, I shed tears.
The polydama caterpillars ate every leaf.
I know. I know that’s what they’re supposed to do. And I’d hoped that I had enough vine for everyone at the table, but that didn’t happen.
Every piece of green on that vine was gone and there were still hungry caterpillars looking for food. The kitchen is closed…no food to be found. It hurts my heart seeing the hungry babies. *sigh*
There is no other food source for them and I tried to locate some Pipevine, but none of my local nurseries carry it.
I can’t even bare to go out there today and check on them.
I know the state of our world is a dumpster fire right now, but this, this is what was keeping me staying patially sane.
Yes, the plant will most likely grow back, but before it’s a full sized plant, the butterflies will most likely find it, lay a billion eggs and the vine won’t be able to support them all.
People keep telling me this is how nature works, but people, do you not realize I AM NATURE. OK, maybe I’M just TRYING TO CONTROL NATURE.
Ok. That’s enough of my pity party. I promise. Today is a new day let me see what other type of caterpillar I can starve.
I hope everyone had a pleasant July 4th. Our Callie is still recovering from all the freaking people who love to shoot fireworks; I need to get her some CBD or Vodka. Happy Independence day, let’s light things on fire! ‘Merica