I’m writing this very short post today, mainly because it’s really based on a photograph that I took in my garden this lunchtime and I wanted to share it with you. About 5 months ago, I had to cut my rose bush in my garden right down because it had got completely out of hand and it wasn’t flourishing at all. By pruning it a couple of times a year, it enables the rose bush to bloom and look really healthy. There was hardly anything left when I finished cutting it down in April, but gradually over the past few months it has really grown; quite significantly in fact.
I decided to go and have a look at my rose bush this lunchtime as I mentioned and noticed a small pretty caterpillar on one of the leaves. And then, on a much closer inspection, I spotted another and another and so on and so on… There are loads of them! Now, this became a little bit of a concern because they are all munching quite happily on my rose bush and I was wondering if they’d be anything left by tomorrow morning! Upon investigation, I read that most caterpillars are completely harmless and form a vital part of the food chain supporting many animals. So I’m going to leave them, safe in the knowledge that they are eating really well, and I can watch them grow and change.
They are very pretty and fascinating to watch, and I keep popping down to the bottom of my garden to take another look.
If anyone can tell me the species of caterpillar in the photograph I’d really appreciate it?