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Presenting the telling of the tales home for the stories of Isa Betancourt and Rumaan Malhotra's trek in the land of the orangutans.

Slick Super Bloom

In light of World Poetry Day, I crafted a haiku about the white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata). It is commonly found in the the south west of the United States of America.

 

The highway is slick;
Caterpillar guts spread thick.
Super Bloom Season


 

The White-lined sphinx ( Hyles lineata )  Photograph by Rumaan Malhotra, Posted with permission.

The White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata
Photograph by Rumaan Malhotra, Posted with permission.


Behind the poem....

I received this photograph from Rumaan, who is currently in California. There is a wildflower super bloom occurring in the south west USA deserts this year and he said that he has been seeing these caterpillars everywhere!


Apparently, white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) caterpillars are sometimes so numerous that roads are closed because the caterpillar guts make the roads dangerously slippery! I bet that with the super bloom, this is one of those years...