Goat Mountain Revisited

A few days ago I returned to Goat Mountain (a.k.a. First Stick Hill) and found it considerably drier than previous visits. Many trees were losing their leaves, which some species do to preserve moisture during dry periods. Of course, since then we have had some substantial rain so it remains to be seen how permanent the change will be. On my visit I saw a few interesting things, including a green caterpillar that was shaped like a fuzzy oval. The head and all the legs were hidden under the large abdomen, making it relatively featureless on the dorsal side, which was a very good, green, fuzzy match for the sage-like leaves of the shrub it was eating.

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