Pied Beautyand why I should carry my camera with me. I saw a most fascinating caterpillar on the sidewalk in front of my office today. It had the body shape of a tomato worm and - Heimlich from Bug's Life notwithstanding - I find these to be the most disgusting little things. I saw one in my yard when I was about 5 years old and ran screaming into the house to find a parent to dispatch the "monster." But today's caterpillar was different. No ugly colored warts...just a smooth back with a pattern that was accurate camouflage for sitting on leaves. He looked like the center of a leaf, all the way to the two lines that converged at his - I guess you'd call it the tail end - to look like a stem. No camera. So I convinced him to climb on a finger and went back to show some of my friends. Mixed reviews on that. One let out a small, controlled scream. And the other looked, found him fascinating, but didn't mind that I quickly put him on a shrub near the door. Glad I didn't bring him in. But I kind of wish I'd found a jar or something to bring him home. He was just..."counter, original, spare, strange." At least I should have had my camera.
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