Raymond and I have been busy as bees in Queensborough and environs over the last couple of days, running errands and getting useful things done hither and yon. Which has required much riding of the roads – not a hardship when the weather is as glorious as it has been: warm sunshine that makes the fall colours look exceedingly beautiful.
But we’ve been struck by an animal-kingdom phenomenon that we’ve witnessed everywhere on those roads: fuzzy caterpillars (black and orange, the kind you used to let crawl along your fingers when you were a kid) all over the place. Hundreds of them! All beetling across to the other side of the road as fast as their little tiny legs will carry them. (I took a video of the one featured in this photo, though here in my near-internet-free zone I can’t post it – but man, was he ever trucking along!)
What are they doing? Why are they all on the move at once? What the heck is the lure of the other side of the road? And does this happen every year, or is it a cyclical phenomenon? I can’t say as we noticed it last fall, for instance.
One thing I can tell you for sure: Raymond’s getting really good at swerving to avoid them. It turns out he has a soft spot for the little fellows, just as (as I’ve previously reported) he does for the turtles that also seem to be drawn to the asphalt.
But what is it with these Hastings County critters and their wanderlust?