Wild in the City

Isn’t it amazing how nature can find a way to flourish in even the most inhospitable places?

I was up on the roof of our office building the other day, the reason being that a photographer wanted to get some city skyline shots. While I was waiting around, I began studying the various flora that has taken root between the slabs of concrete — dandelions, tufts of grass and other stuff I couldn’t identify.

It was then that I realised we had fauna as well as flora in the shape of dozens of bright orange and black striped caterpillars that were stripping the leaves off one particular plant or weed. If you click on the photo above you can have a closer look.

I’d love to know what type of butterfly they will blossom into, but I couldn’t find anything remotely like them on the web, so if anyone can help, please do. That goes for the plant too.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

6 comments… Add yours
  • Jennyta 30th June 2006

    It seems to be the caterpillar of the cinnabar moth, SP.
    PS Don’t you have a cushy job! 😉

  • Yorkshire Pudding 30th June 2006

    They are clearly Hull City AFC caterpillars…and I agree with Jennyta about the cushiness of your job but perhaps she doesn’t realise that you’re all like that on the wrong side of the Pennines – dossers and scallies and church lead dealers, joyriders, crack users and Man Utd players.
    “Yes darling?”
    “What did you do at work today?”
    “Well darling I went up on the roof to watch caterpillars… you see I’m what’s known as a caterpillar watcher.”

  • Shooting Parrots 2nd July 2006

    Cushy? If only! But looks like Jenny is right about the cinnabar moth.

  • Jennyta 2nd July 2006

    Does ‘the wrong side of the Pennines’ stretch across to include Wales too, YP?

  • krip 2nd July 2006

    Pennines? Is that oop North then?

  • Mosher 7th July 2006

    I had a bird feeder out back of the house a few years ago and a sunflower seed fell out of it between two paving slabs. Inside of a month, I had a sunflower over 5 feet tall growing out of my patio.


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