Fuzzy Caterpillars and Beans

06 Oct
Bongo Behind Bars

I’m stuck at the dog hotel and I take no responsibility for what’s posted here.

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.






Mesquite tree in bloom

Mesquite Blossoms

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.

Mesquite tree with seed pods

Mesquite seed pods

It’s a bean tree.


Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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21 responses to “Fuzzy Caterpillars and Beans

  1. marina kanavaki

    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?

    • Bongo

      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.

  2. Jaz

    October 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    LOL, too cute Bongo!

    • Bongo

      October 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Jaz.

  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    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.

    • Bongo

      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.

  4. Dianda

    October 7, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Maybe those catterpillars have changed into beans!

    • Bongo

      October 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Dianda, I guess that would serve those caterpillars right for trying to crawl all over me.

      • Dianda

        October 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        I thought they were cute. 🙂

  5. eripanwkevin

    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?

    • 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.

  6. Roberta

    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!

    • Bongo

      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.

  7. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    October 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    That is a very interesting tree Bongo 🙂

    • Bongo

      October 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Misty Shores, it certainly has a lot of strange things on it, doesn’t it?

  8. Bassas Blog

    October 8, 2012 at 1:09 am

    We have fuzzy caterpillars too Bongo. They certainly do like like caterpillars.

    • Bongo

      October 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Bassa, I hope none of those caterpillars dropped onto you.

  9. angelswhisper2011

    October 11, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Maybe the caterpillars are hiding in the beanes, Bongo…

    • Bongo

      October 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Angels Whisper, I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe those beans are really caterpillar beds.

  10. colliesofthemeadow

    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.. 🙂

    • Bongo

      October 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Collies, I would do that but I’d be afraid of the caterpillars falling all over me.


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