..Caterpillar that is.
My little part of the world spent the entire month of June and the first week of July under clouds, gloom and rain, lots and lots of rain. As a result, my yard is in terrible shape. The garden is ruined, the herb garden drowned, and the grass is either eaten up with fungus ( in some spots), or needing a baler (in other spots).
Bottom line; I didn't get out into the yard much in the last 6 weeks or so.
As I was inspecting the damage this week, I noticed that my loquat tree was being eaten by something. Loquat leaves are pretty dense, I couldn't imagine what might be eating it. Well, I wasn't expecting what I found.
That dear friends is the dreaded Puss Caterpillar. In Texas, it is more commonly called an asp. It is highly venomous and it's sting is generally considered about as bad as it gets. My only childhood trip to a hospital was because of one of these.
I saw those two right away. I cut off the leaf they were on, wrapped them in a plastic bag, and stomped them.
Then I saw another one.
So far, I have found 9 of them on the tree. That is a lot. One is too many. These are nasty, nasty little creatures.
Anyone else ever come across these?