Friday, 10 January 2014

Very hungry for caterpillars


The caterpillars are not faring well. Wasps are not their only predators. Groups of silvereyes move through the garden, picking small caterpillars from leave, while pied butcherbirds take care of the bigger ones.

I think this is the young butcherbird who tackled a flower wasp. The hawkmoth caterpillar was an easier deal, but the butcherbird took no chances.

I'm going to have to do something with this...

But what if it's got a sting? That pointy bit looks bad

Just buying myself some thinking time

Okay, here goes

Die, caterpillar!

6 comments:

diane b said...

Excellent series of shots and captions. I hope it wasn't Eric Carle's "Very Hungry Caterpillar"

Bernie H said...

The bird figured it out in the end.

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

Didn't know that birds can be contemplative. Very interesting!

Snail said...

It's a young one, just getting to grips with the idea of having to find its own food!

Debby Ng said...

That was entertaining. Keep'em coming. A big fan of Butcherbirds.

Debby Ng said...

That was entertaining. Keep'em coming. A big fan of Butcherbirds.