Just recently, my SO and I were trimming some branches that were encroaching on our upper deck. When a branch fell on the floor of the deck, I (the all-observant one) noticed this beautiful, fuzzy caterpillar running for cover. I carefully placed it on some foliage in one of our plant containers on the deck and then ran and got the camera. I later looked it up on what’sthatbug.com. It is a tussock moth caterpillar. When it becomes a moth, it is apparently a very drab, gray color (although, gray is my favorite color). I was so pleased to be able to spot the caterpillar at this stage and then get a picture to share.
I also have a garden question about bees. I recently went out on the upper deck to water the two containers up there. It was mid-day, about 100 degrees, and oh, so sunny. When I poured water in the big container, I noticed a couple of bees flying around the plants. Then, as the water soaked into the container and out the bottom, I realized I had disturbed what is evidently two or three bee hives under that planter. There seemed to be hundreds of bees swarming around all of a sudden. I backed away, but didn’t get away fast enough. One of the very aggressive stingers managed to attach itself to my thigh and stung me. Luckily, it was just one–the others were still around the bottom of the container. Now, I’m afraid to even go out on that deck. I know I have to do something, but I don’t know what. Any suggestions?
Last time I thought this had happened to me, it turned out to be yellowjackets, or “paper wasps”, who’d built a nest in the punky wood under our front doorstep. Which was a relief, frankly, because nobody cared if we nuked them from orbit… Anybody got advice on relocating a bee colony safely?