While 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:
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