Two days ago, I released the caterpillar that had hatched from an egg here. No pictures, because I haven't been able to find the camera.
I was thinking of him (or her) on the tree, tasting fresh leaves and being able to climb and climb. I was hoping she (or he) wouldn't get eaten by a bird - but I think those spikes hold predators off! It's hard to let go - but I knew it was the best thing.
Then last night, it started raining. It made me wonder: where do caterpillars go when it rains? Do they climb in, close to the tree trunk? What if they get knocked off by some raindrops - how do they know to go to the trunk and climb up?
This morning, it's raining and raining and raining, the remnants from Tropical Storm Fay, getting scattered up the coast. I'm so worried! I know it's silly - they go from egg to caterpillar to butterfly all the time, all without me.
Where do they go when it rains?