Today was a day full of work (of the paying variety; I have to fund my DC addiction somehow). I sit at the kitchen table which means I’m in the midst of all the chaos excitement. The door to the deck is behind me and I heard Matthew call out that the kids and I should come and see what he found. I turned around to see what he was referring to and quickly lept from my seat to grab my camera.

In hindsight, I believe that what he found is what the Heimlich character from A Bug’s Life was based on.

I’m a *beautiful* butterfly!

He’s so cute and *squishy*

In real life? NOT SO CUTE.

Big Green Bug


(Sidenote: The close-up shows how badly our deck needs refinishing. We’re on it. Poor Emily is getting splinters from her scooching/crawling. It will be sanded and refinished tooty-sweetie.)

This thing was nuts. If you poked it with a stick it would coil up and jab its pointed spikey-thingy (I’m so technical) at you.


That spike was so big it even cast a shadow. See for yourself!


Graham was poking it (gently) with the stick when it grabbed on. Graham was startled, and jumped. The caterpillar flew in the air and I ran screaming like the pansy I am told everyone to remain calm.

I thought I should place something next to the big green monster harmless little caterpillar to give it perspective. I grabbed the closest thing to me.

Product Placement

I quickly snapped a few pictures before the crazy beast devoured my precious Diet Coke.

You would think that the Coca-Cola Company was paying me for all the plugging I do. Sadly, they do not.

We moved Sir Heimlich off the deck and onto the grass where he went on to live a happy life…soon to become a beautiful butterfly.

The truth?

He inched over to the pond, slipped in and drowned.

Graham dug him out and flung him onto the grass. We later found him oozing black innards and he was being eaten by ants and wasps. I’ll spare you the photos (Yes, I took photos).

Life in the sticks…never a dull moment. And way too many bugs for my liking.

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  1. Amanda August 5, 2007 9:49 pm edit

    Ugh. I despise bugs, worms, snakes, bats and frogs. I’m such a wuss. That thing is NASTAY!

  2. LVGurl August 5, 2007 10:17 pm edit

    BLECH! The only redeeming quality of that… thing… is that it might turn into a butterfly?

    If you want a good gross out, you should read my old posts about our friendly SCORPIONS and GIANT DESERT CENTIPEDES.

    (still shivering…)

  3. Kristin August 5, 2007 10:26 pm edit

    That is a BIG ICKY bug!

  4. Hannah August 5, 2007 10:36 pm edit


  5. Michele August 5, 2007 10:45 pm edit

    Ewwwwwwww! And that is why I will never will live in “the sticks”!

  6. shy Victoria August 5, 2007 11:11 pm edit

    eww eww eww eww ewwww!

  7. Mandy August 6, 2007 12:27 am edit

    Ok I nearly wet my pants – laughing sooooooo hard. You need to write a book. I am a KIndergarten teacher and we always investigate bugs and other creatures and I am getting braver and braver. Still not so keen on the huge Wetas and Spiders we have in NZ – as long as they are in a container or NOT on me!!!! I am cool.
    Ps the funniest bit was the drowning part – so sad yet laughed the loudest here!!!!! Poor slug.

  8. Kami August 6, 2007 8:35 am edit

    YUCK. I would have run screaming too, er, I mean told everyone to remain calm.

    Funny story and thanks for not sharing the carnage:-)

  9. Jen August 6, 2007 11:26 am edit

    Ewww. Ewww. Ewww. That is almost the grossest thing I’ve ever seen. I feel all itchy now and have the shivers.

  10. Jill - GlossyVeneer August 6, 2007 1:04 pm edit

    Gross! That’s just yucky. But I really appreciate the Diet Coke bottle to give me a size idea. None of that “bigger than a breadbox” crap!

    Pixar movies are evil, they give me all kinds of delusions about how cute bugs and rats and such are. :-)

  11. Leah August 6, 2007 1:12 pm edit

    That’s actually pretty awesome.

  12. little miss mel August 6, 2007 7:42 pm edit

    NASTAH!! I dig the animated version please.

    We, not me, my hubs, found a dead rat behind our palm tree in the backyard. I believe a neighborhood cat was the culprit. I have yet to see him and plan not to, thank you very much.


  13. Amanda Franks August 6, 2007 10:04 pm edit

    I can’t believe you took pictures of the dead bug as well, you crack me up. If DC wont start paying your for your ads, you can always take up freelance photo journalism!

  14. Karen August 7, 2007 1:25 am edit

    Isn’t that a tomato caterpillar/worm? (I know that’s not the right name for it, but words are failing me at this time of the morning).

    We used to get 10 cents a piece to collect them out of my mom’s garden.

    I never made that much money.

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