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Mon, May. 14th, 2007, 01:14 pm
Caveat- a Caterpillar's Tale

Or, the Revenge of the Invertebrate.

About 10 days ago I spied a caterpillar munching on the succulent leaves of my little beauties, & thinking little more of it, lifted it off & let it drop over the side where it could complete its life cycle on a more harmless diet of lawn.
For the last week or so I've been aware of an insistent irritation & occasional stinging pain in the left thumb. Finally deciding it was time to do something about it, had a good prod around this morning & discovered a near microscopic spine wedged between two ridges of my thumb-print. Some careful tweezer work finally withdrew it, & the pain instantly vanished too.

I suppose the lesson here is not to underestimate even the most apparently insignificant entity, you never know what it might be capable of.
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Wed, May. 16th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)

well there may have been something in the lawn it could eat... to be frank though it more likely landed on the concrete, so would have had a bit of a walk. It seems unlikely that it required a diet of sunflower, there just arn't enough of them around...
Meanwhile, my pessimism about the number of seeds which would germinate has proved unfounded, they all seem to have started growing, including the half dozen or so extra ones I planted "just to be sure" after you left. Going to have to get some more pots at this rate.