One last day with the Texas thistle
The last few posts have brought you pictures of the Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, which is among my favorite native wildflowers (I know, I seem to say that about most of them). I’ll let today be the last day—for the time being—that we with this species before moving on to others, of which there are so many.
This photograph brings back not only the caterpillarness of It isn’t easy being green but also the date and place of that picture: the cloudy morning of April 26 at Tejas Camp in Williamson County. What the dark areas on this tan caterpillar are, I don’t know, but they look ominous and probably don’t bode well for the bus they’re riding on. I’ve seen the darkened remains of many caterpillars this season, presumably the work of predators that lay their eggs on or inside the hapless larvae.
There’s only a vague resemblance in this picture, but my perfervid imagination keeps conjuring up an image of the Seattle Space Needle, which as far as I know has never been climbed by a caterpillar the size of King Kong.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman