First off. We live in the desert. Our back yard is usually more spiders, ants and beetles. So, variety is awesome. Well, a sleeping bag got left outside a bit ago and then dust storms hit, so this thing got ickified. Sean, my husband, was picking it up to inspect the damage and he saw what he thought was just leaf debris. When he tried to flick it off, it tore and a small caterpillar fell out. He'd found a chrysalis!
|Internet pic. Closest I could find to Grubby. Clothes moth.|
A while later, K wanted to check on Grubby. She hadn't moved, but was still weakly moving when we came around. When I put her to bed, I promised K that we would check on Grubby today after breakfast. Honestly, I expected to go out there and find a dead caterpillar. When we got outside, the leaves and stick were in their places, but no Grubby. Until I picked up one of the leaves. Grubby had used the natural curl of the leaf and some of her own silk to pull the leaf around her. There is silk on both ends of the leaf and it looks like Grubby is building a new home!
This excites me. Yes, clothes moths can be a bitch and a half (if that's what Grubby is), but this is SCIENCE! This is life. This is something awesome K and I can watch together.
And now, it is time to get ready to celebrate the birth of a friend. Seven years ago this week, I went to his birthday party and met many dear friends, including my husband.
Yeah. Life is good.