I don’t believe I’ve given you a peephole into my world over here. I now have a zero minute commute to work which is great! I open my front door and there I am! No more traffic, lights, groggy people or parking lots. Above is the lab I go into first thing in the morning to check on the larvae, eggs and pupa that are growing in those boxes and cups. The table is where I clean boxes, change out food, transfer new kids to their respective boxes or remove pupae for hanging.
So when I get up and walk out my door, work awaits me.
Here are the grounds:
It’s a big yard, takes a while to water and tend to. But I saw a cute iguana today by the gate all fat and happy.
Then Fred, our dog, decided to hang out all day. We often find him at the bar or hanging on main street around the action. Although we never really SEE him in action, he seems to thrive in chaos. He is typically horizontal and has really bloodshot eyes. I saw him trying to pee against a pole the other day and he just stumbled over and didn’t even try. We’re convinced he has a beer habit. Or worse.
He’s spoiled now (he was a street dog) since I gave up part of my foam mattress topper. Now his shoulders don’t hurt as bad as laying on hard ground!
Looks comfy, huh? Spoiled boy.
Speaking of being spoiled, I’m starting to delve into making gelato. The Sicilian type uses cornstarch which is kind of like eating frozen hot fudge. Wow…it’s good. Very creamy texture…silky, almost. Then I made some the normal way with egg yolks and I did a couple things wrong in the cooling process. I could feel the ice crystals in it so I’m being FORCED to make it again. DARN!!! I did make some mango yogurt popsicles tonight which tasted good in the un frozen form. We’re hoping these things will sell better than the baked goods.
You have to mix it up every 45 min or so to keep ice crystals from forming. I don’t think I mixed it enough times and it didn’t cool down quickly enough, Lesson learned…next time I’ll do better!
Speaking of chocolate, I’m SUPER excited because I noticed our cacao tree has little flower blooms on the trunk! That means cacao (chocolate) pods!! How awesome would that be!?! Now we’re talking organic chocolate making. I think I’ve found my calling. ha!
And since we’re already in the flight house, might as well show you what’s going on there too!
I was collecting larvae on the senna and didn’t even notice the two Sulfur’s sitting right in front of me. Man, nature is freaky. They really blend into that leaf. Their babies are a bright yellow then turn green later on.
Our little morpho’s are growing still:
Here I am in action moving some baby caligo larvae out into the real world. We ended up moving them again though because the wind was too rough on them.
So at the end of the day, this is what I see before going into my house:
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Your funny little larvae remind me of those nasty hellgrammites I used for bait on the Shenandoah river. Those suckers had some nasty pincers on them.
Ha! Someone wrote me the other day and said they reminded her of fishing bait too!
Bed, Dead or Fred! You are hysterical!
Excellent post! I have a much better feel now for where you are and what you are doing.
Thanks! I guess it was about time to show where I live, huh?!
I have been so interested in all you have written. From now on I will have to check all my leaves for larva. Butterflies, iguanas, dogs, chocolate gelato and warm too. You have fallen into an awesome position. I love it all. Thanks for sharing. Lynn
Awe thanks, Lynn! I’m glad you’re still following and also happy to know I’m educating people!!