Thursday, September 10, 2009

Something's Always Growing


Thursday- Shrub Rose

A shrub rose grows to the left of our driveway. It blooms beautifully, but you don't want to hold the stem with you bare hands, due to its thorns. A couple of years ago we found out that Luna Moth Larva like it. We saw the larva on the shrub rose and spent a morning going to nature centers, trying to figure out what the freaky looking caterpillar was. If you had seen it, you would have seen a short stubby green creature with tiny red, yellow, and blue spikes coming out of it. If you had felt it, it would have felt small and velvety. The little spikes would have felt harder, but not sharp. Our search was successful and we were told to put the Luna Moth Larva back on our shrub rose, as you don't find one of them everyday. We were also told that it would weaken the plant. Did we want to keep our plant. . . or this larva. . . alive? We ended up setting the Luna Moth Larva free in the nature center's land. The shrub rose has grown a lot since then. Hopefully the Luna Moth Larva did too!

~Megan

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