I have not been feeling well the last few days, but I was out in my garden this morning. It always makes me feel better. I was inspecting the plants for bugs, damage, ect. I saw what I thought was a baby bat on the bell pepper leaves.
It was black, fuzzy and all folded up hanging upside down. Of coarse that stopped me in my tracks, and I just continued to watch; focusing my eyes a little better. It was not a baby bat afterall, it was the moth that lays horn worm eggs. My poor pepper plant was about to become a meal for her evil hoard of infants. I thought “I must be brave-this is the time to do something about it”. She was laying eggs right on my pepper plants. She has her nerve! But not anymore.
I have lost my squeemishness over spiders, scorpions and tomato worms, but this was a little different. I was not sure what to do. So I just clapped my hands hard, and knocked it out of the bush. It was not dead, just stunned, long enough for me to grab this picture.
She no longer lives in my garden. I went back to the pepper plant and wiped the little white eggs off of the stem. This particular pepper plant has been with me a couple of seasons, I have grown quite fond of it and it has rewarded me for my care. It is full of beautiful peppers. I thought that I heard it sigh with relief as I turned to leave. Maybe it was just the wind.