Friday, March 30, 2007

The Hungry Caterpillar

Wow, who knew caterpillars could eat so much in a week. This is how the Swan plant looked last Saturday...



This is how it looks six days later...



The caterpillars have doubled in size too...



All the commotion surrounding the Swan plant attracted the attention of Tess who was most interested in the caterpillars. I hope she loses this interest soon!



I'm going to buy some more Swan plants tomorrow (ones without any caterpillars) to keep these fellas going!

While they've been munching, I've been stitching...



My OH doesn't like this design, and I can understand it isn't to everybody's taste. It is a 'busy' piece... but I just love it. The colours are gorgeous and it is quite intricate. I think once it is finished I am going to be very happy with my first mystery sampler.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

12 comments:

Susimac said...

Oh Wow those caterpillars are HUGE what a great thing to do with the plants I hope that its all successful and you get lots of monarchs. Your mystery sampler looks great too, my OH doesn't like it either, so I haven't attempted it yet.

ollie1976 said...

Wow-those caterpillers were eating a lot!
I love the colors of the sampler-will probably get the stuff to make it soon.

Cheryl said...

Oh my, i cant believe how quickly they ate that plant! Your stitching is lovely

Barbara said...

Hmmm. Maybe I should reconsider my daydream of raising caterpillars in the house? LOL!

I love the LD mystery sampler. It is bright and busy, usually not my thing, but it all works together just right.

Little Grey Cat said...

Aww, you are Mom to a catterpillar! It's a very pretty one though.

I think your mystery sampler is very pretty. I wish I'd started this one too now!

stitcherw said...

Hi, found your blog through Carol's. That was a very fat and happy caterpiller, hopefully you'll have beautiful butterfly's to look at.

Your mystery sampler is lovely. I'm enjoying watching it on Carol's postings as well. Normally I don't like this style, but this was so pretty looking I signed up for the magazine so I could have the pattern in my stash.
Sue

Lizzy said...

Lovely progress on your LD Mystery Sampler, Rowyn! The colours are just gorgeous...

I can't believe how fast they ate that plant! Wow! You'd think they would be giants eating so much... ;-)

Tess is just precious! :-)

Crazee4books said...

Hi Rowyn, I'm a regular reader of your blog, dropping in about once a month to catch up on your stitching and stuff. I wanted to let you know how much I love the mystery sampler that you're stitching on. The colours are beautiful and the design really shows them off well. Do you know how many sections there will be to it yet?
Reading about your declining Monarch butterflies reminds me of stories that I've heard from the States which report that Bees are dying off in alarming numbers for reasons that they cannot figure out. Doesn't that sort of chill your blood? We have Monarchs here too and they also have been declining in numbers. Their wintering habitate down south is being destroyed apparently. What are we doing to our world I wonder? Cheers

Carto said...

Hey there :)

My goodness Rowyn, those caterpillars made light work of your poor plant. I have problems with snails at the moment - they're everywhere I look in my back garden. I absolutely dread looking in the front to see what damage they've done! Tess is looking as cute and lovely as ever - it's amazing how cats will stare intently at anything that moves, especially insects! Your Mystery sample is fantastic and I don't think it busy at all. It's nice to stitch a design with such vibrant colours every once in a while - it awakens your spirits! Lovely job as usual :) x

StitchCat said...

Hi Rowyn,

If you cant get anymore swan plants, the caterpillers will eat pumpkin. Also they are poisonous to anything that eats them...generally if they have eaten milkweed...but they taste pretty disgusting, so cats dont really eat them much.

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

I love the flowers in the most recent band of your samplers. The colors really are lovely.
I love the picture of your kitty in the garden. As much as my gang would love to go eat the bugs and plants, i think they would freak out at being outside:)

Anne S said...

Aha, Margaret beat me to it ... I was about to say the same thing too - we used to have swan plants in Auckland for the Monarchs too, and we were told when the plants started to get a bit 'thin' to place some cut pieces of pumpkin for them to munch on. Those monarchs kept the whole family amused for ages - every day Dad would give us a running tally of how many there were ;)