Bones and Caterpillars

Giant Milkweed (Calotropis procera); the Monarch caterpillar foodplant

Bones in the Crypt

It was another day in the Graveyard with a slightly surprising find.  Logically, of course, it shouldn’t be a major shock to find bones in a churchyard but in general they are not all that visible.  Many of the old crypts have fallen in but all, so far, have been empty.  Not so today, in a distant corner of the site one of the crypts had lost part of its roof and inside was a skeleton in its coffin with two other coffins also visible.  It was one of the many anonymous graves but probably at least 100 years old.  Next to this was a plot of very exact gravestones.  On most occasions an age is given but none before has one been given as 11years 9months and 26 days, or 82 years 6 months.  The Wynns were obviously a precise family.

Monarch caterpillar

The Graveyard is also home to some living things, not least the Monarch butterflies.  Their caterpillars live on some of the shrubs around the area.  These impressive caterpillars get poisons from their foodplant and thus avoid being eaten by predators.  Meanwhile a Bahama mockingbird watched over us for quite some time today while we read gravestones!

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The Hutt Family from Northumberland
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3 Responses to Bones and Caterpillars

  1. vivinfrance says:

    What a gorgeous plant! Apparently it can become an invasive weed in Europe, but I wouldn’t mind it in my garden! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_syriaca.
    You are educating me, and making me look things up!

    • thehutts says:

      The plant is giant milkweed (Calotropis procera) but not what is usually called common milkweed. This is quite a tall shrub which is dotted around the graveyard.

  2. vivinfrance says:

    PS, The caterpillar is just as beautiful.

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