Critters in West Virginia

18 May

This weekend was basically uneventful, aside from Hubby’s departure, which I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

I did take a few interesting photos, though. Like this one…

I have no idea what this is. It looks like the body of a butterfly, but its “wings” are only about 1/4″ long. It flapped them furiously as it walked. Quite an odd little critter, if I do say so myself.

No critters here. Just a cute, little purple flower.

Now this is the kind of turtle one would expect to find in the woods or backyard (unlike the turtle I found in my MD yard last week). It is a box turtle. I actually saw two of them on Saturday.

And here’s my little princess with what, at first glance, I assumed was a bit of decayed log.

I was wrong. It was a decayed critter. So decayed in fact, that it was unidentifiable. After convincing her to drop it, which was not easy, I had to dispose of it. If I just tossed it off into the woods, she’d go retrieve it. Heck, for all I know, she killed it months ago and hid it.

I grabbed a very large leaf from a nearby plant, which I used to lift the critter for the short walk back to the house. It wasn’t too bad. It was very dried up, and had barely any weight to it. I grabbed a plastic grocery bag and dropped it in. Right before I dropped it into the bag is when things got gross. Just as I was holding it over the mouth of the bag, a big, slimy, cadaver-eating worm-thing squiggled out and dropped to the floor in front of me.

Ew, ew, ew!

No pics of that one. Lucky you!

The next post should be from Oklahoma…

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