Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

National Aunt and Uncles Day.

I'm down to 2. One each. A thousand miles from here. Thank God for Facebook. Said no one ever. Time for a phone call...

See any of these little guys around your place?
I've killed three in the past week. They also come in black.

This little critter is called an ASP. It’s a caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth. Neighbor Rob has spotted a couple at his place this week too. 

From the Houston Chronicle.

"Houston area experiencing boom in fuzzy venomous caterpillars"

It sort of looks like a furry Brazil nut. Or maybe a tiny Tribble from Star Trek lore.
You can certainly understand why a curious child might want to pick one up.
But the puss caterpillar, more commonly known as an asp in Texas, packs a wallop of a sting.
Across Houston, social media channels have been flooded with reports of asp stings.
While asps are somewhat common to the Houston region, many long-time residents say they've never seen so many of them.
So be on the lookout for these venomous caterpillars, which typically reach their peak numbers in October and November. After that, they turn into harmless moths that go on to repeat the life cycle.

Be particularly cautious around oak trees. Asps love them, Elms and Hackberrys'

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