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Day 203 ~ Birdzilla
WHAT: Project 365 (2009), Random   |   WHEN: July 30, 2009

We were checking out our tomato plant the other day and I nearly had to change my shorts when this birdzilla tried to fly out.  Good thing our bird netting - which ironically seems to keep birds out but monsters like this in - was there to catch him or I'm certain he woulda made a bee line to my face and prolly woulda spawned hundreds of eggs in my ear or somethin'.  There's something very Silence-of-the-Lambs about this guy.

Actually I think this guy was a horn worm in his previous life.  We found a couple of those suckers inhaling the leaves on our tomato plant like a Dyson about two weeks ago and I sprayed this stuff that was supposed to kill them, but apparently he's got Osama's elusivity skills... or he's got mutant genes that are immune to the lethal spray I, um, sprayed. The ending to that sentence didn't sound right, but let's move on.

I mean, I doused that tomato plant... so much so, that I'm kinda surprised I didn't kill the whole ecosystem of bugs within 3 blocks.  Judging by the 4" wingspan he had, I'm convinced he's the largest lepidoptera I've ever seen... maybe the largest anyone has ever seen.  (BTW, in case you were wondering, lepidoptera is a real word and it's the name of the order in the animal kingdom that inlcudes moths and butterflies.  How's that for sophomore year biology recall?  And who said this blog wasn't educational?)



Check out Mia in the background doing, well, nothing.  I don't get it... she wakes at the sound of the sun rising, but she doesn't notice this virtual 747 flying around the tomato plant 3 feet from her?  Useless.  Good thing she's cute.


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