As you can see there is not much of the amaranth left, and I have cut back most of the top growth in the hopes that new leaves will appear. They will probably just eat those as well ... oh well I will consider this a green manure crop - maybe it is enriching the soil as well as making those grasshoppers fat! This fat grasshopper is no more though - may he rest in peace!
The next thing I found was this catterpillar crawling up an asparagus frond. Well my!
He went the same way - I have seen a bunch of these chomping on my sweet potato leaves. I hope these are not catterpillars that would have turned into beautiful butterflies. how does one know? I toyed with the idea of keeping him in a shoebox the way we used to with silkworms and mulberry leaves, just to find out you know?