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Katy on Safari

Katy and Emily are two little dogs who love to go on adventures around the gardens. They are always inquisitively poking their noses everywhere. Katy is the one who notices every single thing that is new, or out of place. Because of this, I pay attention when she lowers her body a bit and takes that hunting dog stance, as if she is stalking something. Sometimes she just does small lunges toward something on the ground, and immediately jumps backward in excitement, or fear.

Katy's Hunt Stance

Katy’s Hunt Stance

She was repeating this lunge and jump-back routine Friday when she found this huge caterpillar, arching and flicking itself on the ground. It was far more active than anything she has experienced before, and it is very knobby. And, after a couple of days in its new habitat, I notice it sure can poop a lot! I have been unable to identify it online, so maybe it is not a caterpillar. Any ideas? The giant hornet (Vespa crabro) was found by Katy about 20 minutes before she found the caterpillar. The hornet was walking very slowly across an open area of soil, doing a routine also – shimmy for one second, flutter wings for one second, repeat, repeat, repeat. With each of these, there was plenty of time to go inside and get a container. It took me a few minutes to identify the hornet, but I surely had no idea they are so LARGE! I wonder what new and exciting life will present itself as the temperatures warm this spring.  The photos of the hornet are from an identification source.  I was not about to pose the hornet Katy found, and expect the hornet not to sting me in the process!

Mystery caterpillar Katy found in the garden.

Mystery caterpillar Katy found in the garden.

Mystery caterpillar.

Mystery caterpillar.

Vespa crabro - such beautiful color and patterns.

Vespa crabro – such beautiful color and patterns.

Vespa crabro.

Vespa crabro.

Vespa crabro with prey, a honeybee.

Vespa crabro with prey, a honeybee.

Vespa crabro - European Hornet.

Vespa crabro – European Hornet.

Vespa  crabro,

Vespa crabro.

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