The mystery started when my lovely Datura was very nearly defoliated in a single day. I searched the leaves for grasshoppers (common in my yard, big as cigarillos), snails, or even smaller insects such as aphids or inchworms.
Yeah, right. I completely missed the real culprit until last night.
This --> not-so-little monster was to blame. He's the size of my entire thumb, base to tip. And he's a hungry little bugger. As far as I can tell, he did all that eating by his own plump self.
And left this evidence under the plant:
Attractive, no? (Actually I think it's kind of interesting.) He is some type of hornworm (Sphinx or Hawkmoth) caterpillar, I am pretty sure.
Onion Patch Defect had a practice last night and I think we are starting to sound good! I am quite pleased. I think we'll try to start doing open mic nights again in November. Still could use a second guitarist/backup vocals and a percussion person, but hey — we're having fun!
What? You wanted to hear about knitting?
Well, here's the current state of the tot pullover. I've stuck in stripes of tiny scraps I had, and have now hit the midpoint of the cream-colored yarn that was left for the sleeves without having quite finished sleeve #1 (about 2" to go). I'm combing the stash for more scraps — I am sure I can make it. It'll just have to be something double or tripled up to approximately match gauge!