Awhile back – well I guess it was a long way back – sometime last spring, I was walking along my trails minding my own business and I saw the strangest thing. Fuzzy caterpillars hung all over a mesquite tree.
I looked around to see if those fuzzy caterpillars were hanging out on any of the other trees. Nothing. I guess they liked the taste of the mesquite tree.
Then I got worried. What if those fuzzy caterpillars liked me better than that tree? What if they jumped on top of me when I walked under them? I might have caterpillars crawling all over me right now.
I shook myself off and went on my way – far away from that tree. I didn’t see any caterpillars fall to the ground. I hope they weren’t clinging on tight.
I finished my walk and forgot about those caterpillars. I never did find any on me.
Then one day I was walking by that tree again. I didn’t see any caterpillars so I figured I was safe getting close.
Hey person, I thought you said this was a mesquite tree. It’s not that at all.
It’s a bean tree.
October 6, 2012 at 10:43 am
You’re right on not wanting any caterpillars on you, Bongo! But what’s that on the mesquite tree?
October 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Marina, my person says those caterpillars are really the mesquite in bloom – and then the caterpillars turn into seed pods that look like beans.
October 6, 2012 at 10:47 am
LOL, too cute Bongo!
October 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm
October 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Attacked by giant caterpillars? What is going on over there?? Once my neighbors hung a giant balloon in front of their house. Yeah, that was pretty scary for me.
October 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Cupcake, strange things happen on my trails. It sounds like strange things happen at your neighbor’s house too. I hope you gave that balloon what for.
October 7, 2012 at 2:44 am
Maybe those catterpillars have changed into beans!
October 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Dianda, I guess that would serve those caterpillars right for trying to crawl all over me.
October 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm
I thought they were cute. 🙂
October 7, 2012 at 6:44 am
Oh no! Me and mom don’t like caterpillars…they look really creepy…but those caterpillars you saw seemed to be not grotesque at all, beside the beans are cute, aren’t they? We checked ” mesquite tree” on our dictionary and it says that those beans are food for livestocks. Is that true, Bongo?
October 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Kevin, livestock, wildlife, and people all eat the pods from the mesquite tree. Not many people eat them today, but before white people were around the Native Americans ate them.
October 7, 2012 at 8:17 am
So, not knowing bean trees from fuzzy caterpillar trees, did the fuzzies turn into the beans? Glad they didn’t land on you, Bongo. Hope you are sprung!
October 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm
Thanks Roberta. My person promises to break me out of here Monday. The caterpillars do turn into beans – that is, if they don’t all go crawling off first.
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October 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm
That is a very interesting tree Bongo 🙂
October 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Misty Shores, it certainly has a lot of strange things on it, doesn’t it?
October 8, 2012 at 1:09 am
We have fuzzy caterpillars too Bongo. They certainly do like like caterpillars.
October 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Bassa, I hope none of those caterpillars dropped onto you.
October 11, 2012 at 12:27 am
Maybe the caterpillars are hiding in the beanes, Bongo…
October 11, 2012 at 10:54 am
Angels Whisper, I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe those beans are really caterpillar beds.
October 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm
wow, those caterpillars are big…. the collies thin you should shake the trees and make them fall down and then water them.. 🙂
October 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Collies, I would do that but I’d be afraid of the caterpillars falling all over me.