Ed has also been a stalwart volunteer at Landis and he and his friend, Nan, have been working on a native plant trail and a fern garden there. Yesterday, they were both present to give us their first-hand tales of the planning and execution of these major projects.
On a redstem dogwood shrub, we encountered about a half-dozen of these caterpillars. None of us could identify them. I thought at first that they might be a stage of the Dogwood Sawfly larva that Jackie Donnelly wrote about earlier this week over at Saratoga Woods and Waterways. But after Googling around a bit, I couldn't find any pictures of the sawflies that looked like these guys.
Can anybody help identify these caterpillars? Are they friend or foe? Update: A friend has supplied the name: Red-humped caterpillar moth (Schizura concinna.) It does indeed feed on dogwood leaves. Thank you, Johannah!
Later this month, Ed Miller will celebrate his 90th birthday. I didn't inquire about Nan's age, but they are both an inspiration. They have season tickets to ski in Vermont this winter.
Two delicious cakes appeared so that we could have an early celebration for Ed's 90th.
Ed has written as least two books about plants and trees. But what I think he should really be writing about is how to live a full and rich and healthy life. Ed is one of the most upbeat and positive people I know. He never mentions aches nor ailments. He looks bright-eyed and optimistically at tomorrow. He is always excited about upcoming projects and plans.
Happy Birthday, Ed. Thank you for the many ways you share your gifts and inspire us all.
The Landis Arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk. If you have never visited there, it is worth the trip. Find more information here.