|Cup Plant- silphium perfoliatum|
I decided to keep an eye on this little guy and watch what happened, but next day there was no sign of him in the place among the carrot plants or anywhere nearby. Maybe he went into hiding after I uncovered him… or maybe, in spite of the bird netting over my garden, he got eaten. I still don’t know the answer to that question. But I will be able to identify the next caterpillar like him. I’ll still keep a lookout for him, although we do have holes in the netting for the plants to grow out and plenty of birds perching in the nearby cedars who’d like such a tasty meal.
That’s the way nature in creation works, the higher order feasting on the one below, some making it to adulthood to grace our gardens in spring and summer. God made it all when he took the chaos and created order.
Carolyn R. Wilker edits and writes from her home in southwestern Ontario. She is the author of Once Upon a Sandbox, a narrative in prose and poetry about growing up on a family farm in the 50s and 60s.