A personal perpsective of life in our Virginia vineyard... Christine Wells Vrooman



The Eyes Have It!

One of the many surprises I have "enjoyed" by monitoring the vineyard so closely is my close encounters with critters seemingly from another planet! Pictures, being worth a thousand words, describe it all. Take a look of some of the secret life I discovered in our vines. This guy is called a Saddleback Caterpillar.

And all those needle-like projections sticking out everywhere can sting. Dreadful little creature! Never saw anything like this.

And this guy is known as a Clickbug. And he really does click loud enough to sound like someone trying to crack open a nut. Amazing!
The images below show tiny projections emerging from a leaftop,as if it was part of the plant itself. But upon further study, as shown in the second image, they actually are encasements for some type of larva that was so tiny it was barely visible. I have no idea what this larva would grow into.

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