121apr12colorbug15TPWhile they seemed to like my Sunday column on wildflowers, several readers let me know that I need to brush on my bug terms.

I described in my column a colorful little caterpillar that scampered around a wild mustard plant — and how I took something like 800 photos of him trying to get him all in focus using a very shallow depth-of-field.

Lisa Libby writes:

You’ve probably already been hearing from other garden-types, but your caterpillar is, in fact, a ladybug larva. Not only are they charming, they are aphid-eating machines! It’s a great photo and would work well in another article on garden heroes. Thanks for the beautiful words and photos!

I stand enlightened. I learn something new in this job every day. In the meantime, enjoy my column: It’s a mix of wildflowers, dogs and philosophy.

A reader named Dennis even sent me this depiction of the lady-bug life cycle:


Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
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