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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bee calm

The swarm of killer bees mysteriously moved on after a day in the mango tree.  Not sure what they're looking for, but hopeful that they find it far from our home.  Our workers and friends are relieved, too.  We've heard of them killing goats by stinging, so we were a bit worried about Star whose house is directly under the mango.  But before we could form a plan of defense, they left.  However, within hours of their departure a major caterpillar migration ensued.  These are toxic-haired little beasts that we have learned NOT to touch at all costs, as they raise welts on contact.  Dozens were crawling up the sides of our house last night.  Makes the roaches and mosquitos and obukuni (midges) seem rather benign.  

3 comments:

KevinandJD said...

Glad to know the bees have left, but sorry that you continue to be invaded. National Geographic right there in your backyard. Our kids still inspect every catepillar they come across, screaming in panic if they are hairy. Remember the time Joe was 1 and kept touching the same catepillar over and over. He would scream with pain, get a confused yet very interested look on his face and touch the thing again and again until we realized what was happening. He must have had 20 little hairs attached to his pointer finger and even after squishing the catepillar in a napkin we had to avoid coming in contact with the hairs caught in the guts and goo. Very tricky.

Pam said...

Yucccck on those hairy things, yuck on bees. What would I do without my bug sprays (politically incorrect but it is true!)

Josh said...

I am sorry that you continue to be invaded. National Geographic right there in your backyard. Our kids still inspect every catepillar they come across, screaming in panic if they are hairy.

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