Today I spent a lot of time out in the yard for some reason. I was relaxed, taking note of the individual plants in my garden, and letting the dogs enjoy a bit of sun.
After being inside for an hour or so, we walked out the front door and were greeted by this sight:
A seething mass of shiny black caterpillars slowly moving across the lawn en masse toward the front door.
I had been in the middle of eating lunch - it was all I could do to keep my food down. They are out there as I write this. I'm valiantly trying to just let them be - let the birds eat them or let them develop into butterflies or whatever.
But if they make a charge for my door, I'm going to annihilate them.
I did a search on Google Images for "black caterpillar mass" and found this other blog from Panama:
If anyone knows what they are, please leave a comment. I'd like them to develop and find their place in the sun and all that, but if they like my new heliconias they're outta here.
Update: Yes, they moved closer to the front door. Rather than killing them, I picked them up with the pooper scooper and hurled them over the fence into the woods. Hopefully they won't come back.