Thursday, March 30, 2017

Aldous Huxley on caterpillar invasions

Aldous Huxley writes of our beautiful caterpillars in "The Desert Boundlessness and Emptiness." Read the entire essay for extra desert deliciousness.

"I remember, for example, a recent visit to one of the new Reservations. It was in the spring of 1952 and, after seven years of drought, the rains of the preceding winter had been copious. From end to end the Mojave was carpeted with flowers — sunflowers, and the dwarf phlox, chicory and coreopsis, wild hollyhock and all the tribe of garlics and lilies. And then, as we neared the Reservation, the flower carpet began to move. We stopped the car, we walked into the desert to take a closer look. On the bare ground, on every plant and bush innumerable caterpillars were crawling. They were of two kinds — one smooth, with green and white markings, and a horn, like that of a miniature rhinoceros, growing out of its hinder end. The caterpillar, evidently, of one of the hawk moths..."


  1. They were everywhere this weekend - awesome little guys! Definitely an entertaining addition to the music fest. If only we could convince them to not try and cross the highway...

  2. I'm new to the area, and was very surprised to see the caterpillar's crawling everywhere. So they are good?will they turn to butterflies and if so how long will the transformation take?

  3. Giant moths... My wheel wells were caked in green from running so many over.