My husband didn’t have to ask me twice to take a break from cleaning to visit Whalon Lake preserve. It was a gorgeous afternoon, windy and 71 degrees-not perfect photography weather, but I brought along my camera anyway…just in case!
There were a bunch of Great Egrets in the marshy area…
And, since I’m not nearly as patient as the egrets, I was looking around and noticed an oddly shaped leaf on the willow trees…upon closer examination, I was beyond excited to find a polyphemus caterpillar! I haven’t seen one of those in years…and it seemed fitting to find one this year as I had seen the moths emerge in the spring-see previous post.
My husband is a patient man, but even he has his limits, so I tore myself away and we continued our walk…after I saw the viceroy.
We made it to the other end of the marsh when I jokingly pointed out another clump of willows and wondered if there would be another caterpillar…and there was!
This one was close to being ready to pupate, but still eating away. My husband couldn’t resist getting a picture of me. I’m sure there were a number of people walking along the path that were wondering what on earth I was photographing. Enjoy!