Beside the Cabin

Looking Closer

Here is a picture that, at first sight, looks like the naturally rather untidy side beside the step of the cabin at Sun Rising.

Beside the Cabin

Beside the Cabin

But look closer and you’ll find a mouse, who has sneaked through the vegetation to munch on crunchy green dandelion leaves. He was so close to me when I took the photograph, I could hear his teeth on the leaf.

Mouse in Dandelions

Mouse in Dandelions

And don’t miss the caterpillar. This is the larva of a drinker. Such a beautiful creature should evolve into an adult drinker moth within the next few weeks, but if you look even closer, you’ll see there is an egg on its back. It’s fuzzy blowing up the picture, but it is a little white circle a third of the way along, just by the yellow stripe. This may be a parasite, perhaps a wasp, which is sadly likely to turn this beautiful creature into food before he flies.

Drinker Caterpillar

Drinker Caterpillar