Getting outdoors again

Chrysalis in the making

Chrysalis in the making

The weather has been pulling me outdoors. My puppy, Cookie, is my kid substitute. She has motivated me to get out more. Sometimes Cookie shows me things I would otherwise overlook. Today she took to barking at a place where there was a discarded greenhouse shelf leaning against a tree stump. When I moved the shelf, a blue tailed lizard scurried away into the grass. But I also noticed another treasure I love to find outdoors. On the ground was a chrysalis in the making. I suspect the caterpillar was a brown woolly bear type caterpillar as the brown fuzz is still attached to one end of the chrysalis. I plan to keep this in a container with a little soil just in case it is designed to wiggle its way underground. Then I will wait to see what hatches out of it. I suspect it will be a fairly large moth.

Freshly emerged cicada & shell

Freshly emerged cicada & shell

A major breakout of cicadas has hit the part of the country where my grandchildren live. My daughter found a live cicada sill in its shell crawling up a blade of grass so she took it inside and took pictures of it as it emerged from it’s shell. She made the mistake of putting the kids to bed – with plans to wake them up when it emerged, but she couldn’t get them to wake up at the magic moment. She plans to try this again soon. I’ll post her full story in a few days – with or without the kids in the picture. But I always prefer to include the kids.

 

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About Janice D. Green

Janice D. Green retired as an elementary librarian to write books. She is author, illustrator, and publisher of The Creation, and The First Christmas, Bible storybooks for children. The colorful illustrations in The Creation are hand appliqued fabric pictures that have been put together to make a Bible quilt. The First Christmas, is illustrated by Violet Vandor. Janice's passion is to write about the Bible in a way that encourages people to want to know more and to read it for themselves. www.honeycombadventures.com www.biblequilts.com.

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