Today began Blackberry Season here in Botetourt County, Virginia. The wild raspberry crop had fizzled out a few days ago, and there's always a few days between when the raspberry plants finish bearing and the blackberries begin. I wandered over our 38 acres visiting old patches and looking for new ones and found both kinds. I ended up picking 1 1/2 quarts.
As always, time outdoors is filled with fascinating sights and sounds. I heard a white-eyed vireo at one blackberry patch, both favor young forest/edge habitat. But the most interesting thing I came across was a type of caterpillar which I could not identify. It was working its way along a blackberry vine. If someone can tell me what it is, I would be appreciative.