Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Loitering Leafrollers!

It's that fun to say? Kind'a sounds like a Batman phrase. But believe me, they are not so fun.

See if you can tell what this is.
I'm talking about that green thing with black on the top.

Well, of course~it's a Leafroller loitering in my back yard!

I have a problem with loitering in my yard. Specifically under my oak trees.
Each spring these green caterpillar/worms spin a single string of web from the branches of my oak trees all the way to the ground. They sway about in the air because they are so light. YUK. (You know there are things about spring that aren't so pretty.)
The green Leafrollers/Leaftiers devour foliage and become a great delicacy for Mocking birds. Great. I just wish I wouldn't run into their little one-stringed web and get them on me.

If they aren't eaten by birds, they turn into little moths. Feast on, oh wing-ed fowls.

"What a wildly wonderful world, GOD! You made it all, with Wisdom at you side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalm 104:24

How did You ever think up all these different things? Father, may I respect the wonderfulness of Your variety.

photos:karenevans

19 comments:

Kathy C. said...

They are cute little things....

Linda Hoye said...

I have never heard of them! I love your prayer; it's a blessing to find wonder in all of these things, isn't it?

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Isn't His creativity amazing?

You amaze me, too, Karen -- I've never heard of such a thing!

Parsley said...

What a great photo. To stop and see a bit of creation is always a blessing isn't it.

Connie Arnold said...

Isn't it amazing to see all the variety in God's creation! Thanks for sharing the photos and interesting post, Karen.

Natasha said...

We have those same little creatures over here! As usual, you have put a positive spin on something that would normally be viewed as a menace! Thank you.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the week and Happy St Patrick's day!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Mining for Diamonds said...

I never heard of them being called "leafrollers"! Awww...could they really be that bad, lol! Poor birdies have to have something to eat...that's how God provides for the sparrows! :)

(Although I feel that way about bees and wasps...I ask God "why??!" I am terrified of them!)

Karen said...

Kathy, ha, if you say so!?

Linda, when I take the time to look, things are everywhere!

Laura, I didn't know what they were, until the paper ran a picture. I just knew they were yucky.

Parsley, thanks.

Connie, yes, His variety is limitless.

Natasha, Happy St Paddy's day to you, too! Wow, you have them, too? :)

Karen said...

Kimberly, yes, they are yummy food for the birds, but I just don't want to eat them. :P

I'm right there with ya, about the bees and stuff!

Janna Qualman said...

Are those the bag worms that spin sacks from tree branches? Cute but troublesome.

I'm glad I didn't have His job. To think up and plan and organize everything? To keep it all straight and desire all purpose? Wow.

alicia said...

How indeed did He come up with these...even bugs insects and creepy crawlers need to find their life's purposes...

Diane said...

I am completely amazed by the creatures He's made. The sea is His canvas of beauty! :O)

Dave said...

I think we have creatures by that name Karen, but they are certainly not as large as that one! - Dave

Karen said...

Janna, no those kind of worms are different. This is an "extra" set. :P

Alicia, I know-but creepy crawleees????

Diane, I too can appreciate that wonder, (I may not like them all, though.)

Dave, these are tiny-I just zoomed in so you could see them. They are probably just like yours.

Tracey said...

His creation is amazing, I know. However I am not the biggest fan of bugs, spiders and snakes. :)

Hilary said...

I've never heard of these before and now I have to wonder if we have them around here. Time to Google!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Karen, I take it you think it would have been perfectly OK if Noah left this critter behind? :-)

Kathryn Magendie said...

We have worms that hang by single stringed webs too - they are tiny tiny :-D

I read about the lizard below - dang! that is fascinatingly gross *laugh*

Karen said...

Tracy, amazing, but there are plenty of those I don't like either.

Ron, snicker....I think that's a grand idea.

Kathryn, those sound like the ones. Yes, that lizard was gross, I just had to photo it, so all would believe me. :P