Over the course of the last week I’ve blogged a couple of times about my success in killing off the dandelion population in my backyard. Instead of killing them, it now looks as though I should have been nurturing and coddling them. I read an article this morning that states dandelions are one of the most complete plant foods on earth. There’s even a dandelion cook-off every spring in Ohio, where prizes are won for the best recipes. I’ve never cooked up a dandelion, ever. I’ve never enjoyed a dandelion salad and I’ve never sipped on a cup of dandelion tea. Maybe next year.
Fortunately we haven’t experienced another nuisance that’s been showing up in yards in droves this year…the tent caterpillar. I’ve seen a few, but that’s it. As a kid I used to think these things were so cute. Blue and furry, who couldn’t love the tent caterpillar?
I’ve seen a few videos in the last couple of days that have me rethinking my childhood love of this furry little critter. One of them is cute. Thousands of them are not. People have taken videos of caterpillars invading their yards. Thousands of them bunched together, converging on a wall, deck, or fence, moving as one huge slow mass. Yuck! You’d need a shovel or a flamethrower to get rid of these.
I did noticed about 8 or 9 of these things clinging to the front of our house just the other day, which I thought was odd, considering we’ve never noticed them before. I went out with a can of Raid and got to work. I haven’t noticed any since, so I’m hoping these little fellas broke away from a pack somewhere and were living a nomadic lifestyle.
I certainly hope I don’t run across an article singing the praises of caterpillar soup!
Hey, how about some dandelion soup with fried caterpillars on the side?