Thursday, January 7, 2010
If we plant or transplant at the wrong time; if we mulch too soon or forget to water; if we don't deadhead spent blossoms soon enough, are issues that can change the life of a garden.
Change is fine, but it is often hard to keep up.
To change from a caterpillar into a moth or butterfly is dramatic. An organism must reallign its molecules as it goes into a very liquid state, surrounded by a tough protective shell. If you have ever accidently crushed a caterpillar you know that it is mostly goo held in place by its surroundings.
This bagworm has surrounded itself in a covering that makes it very hard to see while it is attached to a bush or tree.
Once it begins changing into an adult, it desperately searches for something to cling on to, reaching ever higher as it pulls itself out of the home that nurtured it.
This caterpillar has found the foundation of our cellar to make its ascent. Notice the wooden boards above it that make up the siding of the cellar. Many times the worm attempted to reach the boards, sometimes pulling halfway out of its home. Many times it failed. As I stood there watching, I wanted to pick it up and help it reach the boards that would carry it upward but I realized that all this work was what made the organism strong. My "help" would only slow it down.
While fascinating, it was hard to watch its struggle. I had no idea what was going on inside or even if the caterpillar would make it. Many don't.