Back several weeks ago, when the weather was more favorable, we had our last grill out. The temps had been forecasted to drop below freezing that night; Derek planned to lug the grill up to the shed for winter storage at the end of the day.
I couldn’t resist this last opportunity! So, I lit the flame, defrosted minute steaks, chopped up and foil-wrapped some new potatoes, onions, and peppers.
Fire, food, and the outdoors — I’d grill all year round if I could! I had the chance to enjoy this beautiful sunset while manning the flames. The sky in 2017 has been SPECTACULAR, displaying more incredible the storms and sunsets than I usually see. God sure knows how to make a scene of beauty!
Then, to my alarm, this guy caught my eye.
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Hanging out right next to my pots of things! I’m not normally intimidated by bugs, but this guy unsettled me. Easily thicker than my thumb and longer than my index finger, he was HUGE!
My hubs, who normally rescues me from unsettling insects, had busied himself out of reach in the garden at that moment. So I waited and faithfully kept my station at the flame, all the while keeping an eye on this giant caterpillar. I felt for sure an insect so large much be rare and amazing! (And hopefully not poisonous…)
Turns out, Derek recognized it right away. It was neither rare nor amazing — rather this giant caterpillar is a pest! It’s a tomato hornworm. Derek said he’d see this guy earlier; it’d munching the tops off my vine-ripening tomatoes that stood behind my pots o’ things.
With the growing season rolling to a close, we let this guy quietly crawl away into the grass. I felt much relieved when it’d gone, needless to say, and finished my grilling and sunset-gazing in peace.