Matt and Gina found this curious caterpillar thingy on their porch, popped it carefully into a plastic container and gave it a ride down the road to visit me.
We have no name for it as yet.
When gently prodded, the creature retracts into the woody tube, then after a moment it begins
again to prowl.
G. says it appears to be dragging its leafy train like a tattered ball gown.
The creature having posed for several snapshots I placed it in the herb garden to get on with whatever life cycle is next.
Bagworm photo from wikipedia
description here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagworm_moth
Long-time readers of my blog may recall my fascination last August with the Garden Spider [Argiope Aurantia] who spun her web in the clump of sedum near the front porch.
Before winter weather brought her demise she had created 4 egg sacks which she attached to the porch post nearest her web.
The sacks hung in place all winter through rain, snow and wind.
Late in the spring I noted that two of them had pulled free of the fine silken 'ropes' which held them in place.
Willis the Cat was seen batting the remaining two into the flower bed below.
Today, weeding near the front steps, I discovered six young garden spiders clinging to small webs with the distinctive zig-zag signature.
A closer view of the spider.
This larger version has a web on the opposite side of the steps in the box hedge.
While crawling about to take photos I came eye to eye with a katydid!
In this their second season, J.'s blackberries have grown into a formidable stand of productive brambles.
G. spotted this nest tucked into a shady nook.
There have been a number of brown birds on the electical wires above the garden--I don't
know their identity. Perhaps they are the owners of the nest and the spotted eggs.
If the eggs hatch and these particular birds like berries,
they won't have to fly far to bring home the groceries.