Sunday, August 18, 2013

KK vs. The Giant Worm

I was in the garden the other day and looked down to find this critter {I think it's a cabbage worm} on a carrot stem.

It was huge.  About two inches.

And beautiful.  The green, yellow and black combination was stunning.

But wormy had to die, yo!  Ain't nobody got time to deal with that nonsense.  I've already had black bugs from hell decimate my eggplants and squash bugs nearly decimate my squash plants.  Plus, I've yet to tell you about the giant grasshoppers hopping around the garden.  All of that on top of the garden pests of the human variety.

So I took time to admire wormy.  I ran and got my camera to photograph him.  I took a deep breath.  Took out my super sharp pruning shears...and cut that little bugger in half.

It was gross.  The insides were glow in the dark green.  And it smelled.  Badly.

Plus I felt guilt to the high heavens for killing a living creature.

Seriously, if I had to see the face of my food, I would be a disgruntled {because I love meat} vegetarian.

But in the end, the worm had to go.  Several grasshoppers have met the same fate on days I am able to catch them.  It's a dog eat dog world, my friends!  So to speak...


Flo said...

Desperate times call for desperate measures!!! I had something eat my beans--plants and veggies as well. The only thing I ever caught pestering was birds, but I don't think that was it. Someone has been helping themselves to my lettuce periodically too, I think it might be a bunny. Gardening is a constant battle.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...


quilt'n-mama said...

Every so often I find your blog off a friends. Anyway- does your caterpillar look like this?

If so, then you have Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars! They are beautiful (and stinky) when squashed or made mad- but they turn into amazing butterflies! My kids actually grow a herb garden specifically to have these little guys live in them every summer!

quilt'n-mama said...

I actually looked at your picture a little closer and I am sure that is what it is. They specifically will eat parsley, fennel, sometimes carrot tops, etc. but they will not usually destroy your veggies, they are very specific eaters!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...


Thank you so much for your help! I tried to find your contact but your profile is private. So I'm hoping you catch my note here. You were so sweet to look it up for me!



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