I wish I had taken pictures, but I failed. . .
Today we had field verification training for those of us Dungeon Dwellers who get out once a summer for field work. We were in the mountains nearby and saw a fawn (possibly mule deer) who we scared, a very awesome grasshopper (SO BRIGHT GREEN) and some very strange caterpillars. . . .
I do not profess to liking caterpillars very much, but I do like to see how many weird colors and patterns they are. These looked like the gypsy moth caterpillars my dad used to drown in a bucket (they do bad things to the trees) but they had BRIGHT red feet/legs. There was even one doing the, “… yes, but WHO.ARE.YOU??” like the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland (a coworker pointed this out — I wish I’d thought of it first).
No idea what species it was. . . and google has NOT helped me at all. HARRUMPH. . . Google did show me awesome pictures of caterpillars though, including some really creepy ones that I might just have bad dreams about.
When I was a toddling little bumpkin (I think my dad termed it the year I spent more time falling into things than walking, i.e. about 3 or 4) we had a HUGE green monstrosity on our porch. It had orange antennae and black dots and bumps and just looked like the biggest hunk of booger someone had sneezed out. It was BEASTLY huge. I was fascinated by it. You could poke at it and it’s orange antennae would probe about angrily and then it would inch a bit. If you touched it, WOW did it squirm.
We were very nice and let it eat our tomato plant leaves in the hopes it would turn into something stunning. Pretty sure it didn’t. . . but I don’t remember. . . For all we know it was eaten by some cat roaming the alley. They did that. . . still do. . .