Wild Westhampton

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The Rose & The Caterpillar

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While wandering around in the late afternoon one day, I spotted a lovely rosebush whose flowers were just beginning to bud. On one of the branches, I spied a bud that from one side looked to be a perfect bud, and on the other looked like a cross section diagram out of a book. I snapped a few shots, and moved on.

Well, you can imagine the obscenities I shouted when I later got the photos on the computer and discovered the reason for this anomaly: that wily little caterpillar, whom I hadn’t even seen when I was taking the picture. I immediately wanted to rush right back out to the rosebush, but, as it was about eleven in the evening, I figured there would not be enough light to find a bug I had missed in daylight.

Suffice to say, I went out the next morning at the earliest opportunity…

The Rose & The Caterpillar
28 May 2010
Quiogue, NY

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Written by Allison Frost

June 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

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  1. I did’nt know there are caterpillars that eat rose buds! Your post had me looking them up on the web and I found there are different caterpillars that eat all sorts of buds called budworms. The one in your excellent picture here is the tobacco budworm, I think. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05581.html

    suzannetakesyouup

    June 13, 2010 at 11:17 am

    • I didn’t know about them either until I happened upon this one. I really wish I had cut the branch it was on and kept it, so I could keep an eye on what it eventually turns into.

      Allison Frost

      June 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm


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