Friday, November 5, 2010

On the morning of her last day Laurie, the Friendship Garden intern, discovered a mummified homunculus in the cocoon of a Saturnid moth

Laurie Metzger came to us, curiously, from the Washington Ballet where she both performed and taught. Her term in the Friendship Garden concluded today, but she has applied for several internships opening now and seems like a good candidate. As he usually does at the departures of his interns, Lynn brought chocolate Dove Bars. I don't know if I can get in any trouble by posting a picture of a dancer eating an ice-cream bar but I'm taking my chances. Many, though by no means all, of our interns are recent graduates and haven't established the sense of self, or the confidence that will come to them as they mature. That was not the case with Laurie who came ready for action with a take charge attitude. We all enjoyed her stay and would love to see her return.

She did find that attractively odd gall in the second photograph. If you look closely at the bottom picture you can see the mummified head and a portion of the ribcage of a very tiny person....or something like that. (I swear, except for cropping, I did not modify this picture in any way)


Anonymous said...

Thats no oak gall--its a cocoon of a Saturnid moth, most likely a polyphemus moth. The thing inside is either a dead larva or pupa or a skin/shell of either/both.

ChrisU said...

Thanks, anonymous!

L.A.M. Gardenerina said...

Hi Chris!! what a sweet post :) I just found your blog and I'm going to follow now! I have a blog too on blogger. I'll put a link to yours on mine. I hope you'll put a link on yours to mine.

best and miss you guys