With the lowest guess at 35 and the highest at 372, our final egg count for the month of August was nearly in the middle.
And the winner is Jessica of Turkey Cookies with the exact guess of 152 eggs! I really can't believe she was right on and I can't wait to send her a little box of goodies. Thanks to all of you who played our guessing game.
Our chickens aren't the only winged creatures keeping us entertained these days. Our neighbor called one night and asked us if we wanted some caterpillars. They were ravaging her passion fruit vine. Of course we said yes. We set up a little habitat in a plastic container on our dining room table and watched them munch away until they became cocoons.
Then earlier this week, while we weren't watching, a butterfly emerged. Walking by the table, I happened to catch a glimpse of wings and called the kids over. We watched as the butterfly slowly got his bearings, beating his wings, climbing up sticks and unfurling his proboscis (this was most interesting to me).
After a little while, we carefully carried the butterfly out on the stick to which he was clinging. I had my camera ready and was hoping to take a picture of the kids looking at the butterfly, but he flew off in the blink of an eye. I tracked him down in the garden and he obliged me with a few shots.
In the tomato plants, I found a few more bugs munching away.
Tomato Hornworms. They are creepy critters! Big and green, with a beautiful black and white chevron pattern running down their back, and a pointy horn on their tail. I put them in their own habitat on the dining room table, and watched as they devoured handfuls of tomato leaves which I brought to them every few hours.
After a few days, they dropped to the ground and began to borrow in the massive amount of droppings they had dispensed. I put some dirt in the bottom of their home and they burrowed down deep. Within two weeks, if all goes well, they'll emerge as Hawk Moths.
Any cool bugs hanging out on your dining room tables these days?