I think I found the little rascal who’s been eating my basil!! 🐛💕 So, today I brought in a pot of grass for the cats and a couple hours later I spot this lil guy inching across the floor all the way in front of the washing machine (a good 12 feet from the pot, he must have come from it and I don’t know how he made it all the way there unharmed.)
Well I am completely hopeless because I didn’t even put him in the yard… I went and put him on a little basil pot that I set aside… after all I’m not going for a fancy garden here and honestly the basil, too, was for my cats to eat. I won’t begrudge it to a few caterpillars. They’re adorable. Ultimately the whole “planting stuff” is an experience for me and this is a cute part of that experience. I wonder if he’ll turn into a butterfly? I just hope he wasn’t harmed in any way, he seemed okay though.
[EDIT: It appears my little friend is an Orthosia Hibisci Quenquefascia, or speckled green fruit worm moth larvae.]