CRAWLERS AND FLYERS – A FUN PHOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Crawling or Flying

They crawled all over the house, the grounds, and consumed every leaf from every hardwood tree in the woods. They stripped apple trees and sassafras trees to bare branches and left a forest of naked trees in their wake.

Bare oaks are really covered with gypsy moth caterpillars

Bare oaks are actually covered with gypsy moth caterpillars

And they will be back this year. They are here already, just sleeping. Why can’t we be birds and fly away … away … away …

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72-Heron in Flight 1 HP

Heron taking flight

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Osprey returning home to the aerie

Osprey returning home to the aerie

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27 thoughts on “CRAWLERS AND FLYERS – A FUN PHOTO CHALLENGE

    • The robin was a happy accident. He just decided to take off exactly when I shot.

      The caterpillars are another problem and it is so depressing to know we’ll have to survive that again. It is as horrible as it looks and worse, they touch you and you wind up with welts. Poisonous, destructive, and ugly. The trifecta.

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        • The western states have done a pretty good job containing them. By the time they had gotten that far west, they had done horrendous damage everywhere on the east coast, so they took measures and at least managed to contain them. But not stop them. They don’t swarm unless they have an oak woods to eat. That’s their food. Oak. Any kind of oak. Also maple and other hardwoods for dessert and sometimes, pine — which doesn’t recover from defoliation, so there are huge dead forests where the gypsy moths have attacked the pine trees. I’m just hoping this is not as bad as last year.

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  2. All those furry, crawling things! I found myself scratching a body-wide itch when I saw the pictures of the fuzzy bugs. Hey, can I interest you in a power washer filled with Raid? 🙂

    I was immediately reminded of the utterly forgettable B-movie, “The Creeping Terror.” Yes, the ones on the home are just a few inches long as opposed to the sizable “Terror,” but somehow that is what came to mind. Perhaps its because the legs of the shaggy creepy-crawlies oddly reminded me of the sight of the human operators’ feet as they mistakenly protruded from beneath the “Terror’s” frame in the film. Then again, who knows? Even as I sit here typing, I have no solid clue why my mind drifted onto the above.

    All I know is that I need to start scratching again…

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    • So, imagine actually LIVING FOR REAL in the creeping terror and YES, they cause ugly welted rashes that don’t go away for a LONG time, so if you have to go out, you have to gear up: long sleeves, long pants, socks, hat, and preferably, gloves. What FUN. I do not watch those stupid movies because I have nightmares about this stuff … so to actually find myself living in it for … gee, it seems longer … a month I guess, maybe five weeks? … Nightmare city. Waking nightmares. They would come in on the dogs fur, too, and we would have to pick them off. They don’t do any damage in the house, except being hideous, but shiver. Ick. Yuk. Disgusting.

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    • Herons aren’t rare anywhere on the coasts of North America. California has it’s own that are very similar and there are herons down in the Gulf states (Louisiana and Texas as well as the west coast of Florida). I think they live as far north as Canada, but only along the coast. We are a bit inland, but as a big bird like that flies, not very far at all, and they nest along the lakes and rivers. The sight of a colony of Great Blue Herons nesting in trees is amazing. They are 6 feet or more tall, with a wingspan to match. Some years, I see a lot of them. It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time — with a camera. They follow the fish since that’s pretty much their entire diet. If we aren’t having a drought, we have a lot of them. Big ones. Little ones. Medium ones, too. And Egrets — the pretty white cousins of the bigger herons. If you have cranes, they look a lot alike. I think they are also related. They all look just a little bit like dinosaurs 🙂

      AS for the caterpillars, it’s such a depressing thought, I just keep hoping the garden tech guys are wrong, but they gently keep telling me that they KNOW they will be back and they will do their best to lower the impact, but gypsy moths are permanent Massachusetts residents now — they have always lived in Europe which is where they are from — live here now. They are never REALLY gone. Just some years, they don’t swarm and fortunately, the non-swarming years are more frequent than the swarming ones. It really IS a freaking nightmare, though.

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  3. I was hoping it was a once every ten year thing (gypsy moths). Let’s hope for some miserable weather to take them out. That miserable weather has to be go for something.
    Leslie

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    • Yes, they are, but unfortunately, they will be back for real. Again. In a few months. Hard to believe when it’s 7 degrees and snowing hard that four months from now, we’ll be fighting off Gypsy moth caterpillars!

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