I don't need to tell you that I was impatient to rejoin my friends the generals. I ran as fast as I could to the village, and I didn't lose any time starting to buy vegetables.
But market gardeners are not the quickest people. The first one I saw would serve me only after he had finished digging up a corner of his plot. Another was putting mats around his frames. He showed me as much consideration as you would a mat. I boiled over and stamped my feet, but to get him to hurry up was like trying to knock over a wall with your breath.
Also, I had to make two journeys with a wheelbarrow to convey my purchases to the station, where I left them under guard. Madame hadn't told me how many vegetables she wanted. I thought it was better to get too many than not enough. I took all I could find: ten cabbages, and I don't know how many bundles of carrot, leek and turnip. All the same, I was a little shocked when I saw the pile they made. All that took me over an hour.
And I hope you'll believe I didn't dawdle on the road toward the barracks ... to Headquarters, I should say. When I arrived, a sentry shouted, "Who goes there?" Then he said, "Ah, it's you, the Breton from the train. You may pass." I recognized him as one of the ones from the train. I also recognized his comrades, who were milling around in front of Headquarters. They were wearing uniforms, but they were a funny bunch of soldiers, tangled in their rifles, with little in the way of military bearing.
They said to me, "The head guys are down there. They were asking for you." I looked where they indicated, and for a moment I nearly fell down in astonishment. There were my friends from the train. I recognized them, but at the same time I saw how they matched up with the pictures in the newspapers. It was amazing how anyone could transform like that!
The danger of spies must be great if it causes generals to disguse themselves on the train! General Joffre said to me, "You're late. You missed the parade and the distribution of medals. But we still have a lot of interesting things to show you."
He turned to the Emperor and the coffee-seller, who had his machine set up on a tripod. He asked them, "What do you want to do now?" They said, "The arrival of the foreign generals at Allied Headquarters."
Then Joffre and Nivelle paced off about fifteen metres. They shouted, "Here we are. Turn the crank, coffee-seller." And they had a lively conversation, with plenty of gestures. And then an automobile pulled up, with General Cadorna inside. He got out. He shook the others by the hand, and spoke with them.
It was the same thing with Broussiloff, Haig, the Belgian general, the Serb and the Japanese, whose names I don't know. But it was always the same auto, with the same driver, who changed his uniform each time. It astonished me that each general didn't have his own car.
Me, I stood by the coffee-seller, who turned the crank with seriousness and attention, as if victory depended on it. The Emperor gave directions: "Joffre, a little forward ... Cadorna, in profile ... closer together ... smile."
And everone obeyed him. I had the notion that he must be a very powerful individual, more powerful than a deputy. He seemed happy. He kept saying, "Excellent scene. That's what the public is after." And then he yeled, "That'll do. Take a break."
They all came over. He handed out cigarettes, and they smoked and chatted together, including the coffee-seller, which I found a little familiar on his part. But I've witnessed so many amazing things since the day I was born that nothing surprises me anymore.
When the cigarettes were finished, the Emperor shouted, "Let's get back to it. Time is wasting. Everyone in place for the Allied council of war." The generals gathered and conferred around a table spread with a map.
I approached a little and put out my ear, thinking that they must be saying some very interesting things about the war. Ah well! I was in for a surprise. They were talking about the mutton stew at their hotel, and complaining that it was more bone than meat.
At that moment a gust of wind lifted the map and blew it away. I ran after it and brought it back. I thought I had done well, but the Emperor and coffee-seller set up a cry of "She has wasted two metres of ---" Here they said a word I didn't understand, something like film.
Fortunately, the generals came to my defence. They said, "Calm yourselves. It's no great loss. We can start over." They went back to their discussion.
And then everyone took another break, but they didn't seem as content as the last time. The Emperor said, "We need something sensational for the final scene. I've wracked my brains, but I can't come up with anything. Do any of you have an idea?" No, they didn't either.
Then they said, "Maybe the Traitor has something." They called him over. It was that redheaded villain whose looks I don't care for. He made some kind of suggestion, but I didn't overhear it. The others nodded and said, "It's not great, but it'll do."
"It's worth a try," said the Emperor. They built a campfire. A soldier carried over a large rock that appeared to be made of cardboard. General Joffre seated himself on it with his map on his knee and the soldier standing guard nearby.
The Emperor said: "Evening, a bivouac... The General prepares tomorrow's attack... Overcome by fatique, the General dozes off... Act like you're sleeping, General... Eluding the guard's surveillance, a Boche sneeks up."
At that instant I saw something terrible. The frightening redhead, now in a beard and a pointy helmet, was creeping up from behind and raising a dagger.
Then, in a blink of an eye...
I leapt on him, I grabbed the dagger from his hand, and rolled him on the ground. I put my foot on his back as I had once seen a liontamer do with a ferocious tiger.
It seems that the coffee-seller had me in his sights again, and was yelling about lost film, but the Emperor shouted back, "Keep quiet and keep cranking! This is phenomenal! It'll be a triumph!" Me, I was so worked up that I burst into tears.
They were all very kind. They gathered round, consoled and thanked me. And then they changed back into their civilian clothes, and we all went back to the train station. What amazed me most of all was that Joffre walked along with that frightful traitor who had tried to assassinate him, and called him, "My old pal."
At the station, they were astonished by the quantity of vegetables I had purchased. For sure there was no way I'd be able to carry them all by myself. They helped, and not only there, but at BLANK, where they had the goodness to accompany me to the house and help me arrange the produce in the kitchen. There were vegetables everywhere, on the floor, on the tables. It looked like a market stall.
As he left, the Emperor said, "Mademoiselle, as a mark of gratitude for all that you have done, here are some tickets to the showing tomorrow at the Grand National Cinema. It's a premiere that will interest you. Don't fail to show up."
I was left totally clueless, tickets in hand, wondering if this wasn't a dream, and what a cinema, the Emperor, and all the generals could possibly have in common.
Former Morton man Fouad Bachirou now lowps for Östersund. Read an interview in French.
Östersunds FK [1 - 0] Jönköpings Södra IF.
After a dozen games Östersund sit 13th, just above the relegation zone.
What is the Swedish word for umlaut? Omljud.
Swedish clubs versus Scottish clubs in the Champions League in the 21st Century:
2011-12 Rangers 1 - 2 Malmö
2012-13 Helsingborg 0 - 4 Celtic
2013-14 Celtic 1 - 0 Elfsborg
2015-16 Celtic 3 - 4 Malmö
Swedish clubs versus Scottish clubs in the Europa League/UEFA Cup in the 21st Century:
2007-08 Dunfermline 1 - 2 Häcken
2013-14 Malmö 9 - 0 Hibs
Friendlies. Tuesday Morton visited the Tony Macaroni for a pre-season friendly against Livingston: 2 - 2. Both Morton goals came from the boot of Scott Tiffoney.
Yesterday Morton hosted Partick Thistle. The last time these two met was in the second round of the 2014-15 League Cup. Partick won 0 - 1. The last time they met in league play was April 10th, 2013, when Partick won 1 - 0 and effectively clinched promotion and consigned Morton to second place. [Partick win 1 - 2. Morton goal by Tidser.]
The second leg of the first qualifying round of the 2016-17 Europa League took place midweek. Results involving Scottish, Faroese and Irn-Bru Cup clubs:
Infornet Tallinn 2 - 4 Hearts
Víkingur Gøta 0 - 2 Ventspils
Cork City 1 - 1 Linfield
HB 0 - 2 Levadia Tallinn
Fola Esch 1 - 0 Aberdeen
Shakhtyor Soligorsk 5 - 0 NSÍ Runavík
Bala Town 0 - 2 AIK
Hearts, Aberdeen, Ventspils, Cork City, Levadia, Soligorsk and AIK advance.
39 countries had between one and three clubs in the first qualifying round. Did any of the countries with three entrants have all of them go through to the second round? Azerbaijan and Hungary.
And in the Champions League:
B36 2 - 1 Valletta
Tre Penne 0 - 3 The New Saints
Valletta advance on the away goal rule. The New Saints advance.
All four Faroese entrants are out of European competition.
Friday it was UCD 4 - 1 Cabinteely.
Nagano Parceiro [1 - 0] Blaublitz Akita.
[Portugal beat France 1 - 0 in the Euro 2016 inal.]
A few days after my recovery, Madame said to me, "Bécassine, it seems that fresh vegetables aren't available from the merchants here in BLANK. See if you can bring some back from your walks in the country. It would add some variety to our menu."
Right away I asked the landlady to point me in the direction of some market gardeners. She gave me the name of a village ten kilometres away, and told me which train to take. Early the next morning I was at the station. It was the first train. I didn't expect to see a lot of people; but on the contrary the place was mobbed.
The brave woman who was acting as station-master for the duration of the war was in a panic, twisting a lock of hair that hung out of her police cap, and running in all directions without getting anything done. I felt sorry for her. "Don't worry," I told her. "Things will organize themselves. In war as in war!" "Hear, hear!" said the passengers around us.
One of them said, "This young Breton is full of philosophy." That pleased me, and I have to admit it made me feel proud of myself. Everyone has a little self-love!
While they were hitching on an extra wagon, I stood near the man whose remark I told you just now. He was a tall, clean-shaven man, with a manner at once both very good and very important.
He was reading his newspaper when another man approached him and said, "How do you do this morning, my old Joffre?" "Not badly, and you, my old Nivelle?" he replied.
You can imagine what a shock it was to hear those names. I well believe I took a jump. The two of them laughed, and the one called 'my old Joffre' said, "Stick with us, Miss Breton, and you'll see some interesting things."
And now some other men came along. As each arrived, a little red-headed man who had joined our group announced with a ceremonial air, "General Cadorna ... General Broussiloff ... General Douglas Haig."
They took each other by the hand, and asked what news from Italy, Russia, and England.
Me, I was having hot flashes, but there were two things that surprised me.
First was that after having put on such grand airs during the introductions, they all started to laugh, and slap each other on the back, and joke around like schoolboys. And then, they were all dressed as civilians. And, to top it off, none of them looked like the portraits you see printed in the newspapers. I pointed this out to General Joffre, with whom I felt most at ease, owing to his sympathetic manner.
He laughed so heartily that I thought he would choke. When he had regained his serious demeanour, he explained to me, "This is done expressly to mislead the spies."
So I pointed out the redhead, whose face I didn't recognize, and I said to the General (at that time he wasn't yet a Marshall) that he should be wary of that villainous man.
He had another fit of laughter, and then shouted to the redhead, "Hey! traitor, the little Breton says to beware of you." "She has good reason, I am the traitor," responded the other, laughing too. You'll realize I didn't understand any of this.
They weren't finished connecting the extra car. The hour of departure was past. The passengers were restless, and the station mistress went back to running in every direction with a desolate expression and her arms in the air.
Then General Joffre made a short speech to calm the impatient. What amazed me was that he called them "valiant soldiers" though there wasn't a single one of them in uniform. But it didn't seem to puzzle them.
Several of them came to attention. They gave a salute and said, "Very good, General, very good. We'll keep ourselves quiet and wise like true infantrymen." That made the others laugh.
At that moment the redhead, who had been nosing about in the crowd, returned very agitated and exclaimed to the General, "The Emperor is not here, nor the coffee-seller." That seemed to annoy them all, and then one or two cried: "Ah! There they are!"
Two men were running along the station road. They arrived out of breath and apologizing for their tardiness. The one called the coffee-seller carried a large box with a crank attached. That must be how he grinds his merchandise, I thought. I wasn't able to get a good look at them, because at that moment there was a cry of "All aboard!" and everyone plunged into the wagons.
General Joffre invited me to join him in first class, and in the same breath he kindly offered to pay the difference on my ticket, which was for second class. The other generals climbed in too. You can imagine how proud I was to be in such company.
They were very easygoing and unpretentious. One of them proposed a small snack, probably because they would be dining late. The took their provisions from their pockets and shared them around. I enjoyed the meal.
And that gave me the courage to ask them over which country reigned the one they called the Emperor. That made them laugh more. Then they explained that he was not in fact an emperor, but that he was something close to it, because he commanded all of them, the greatest generals on earth. I thought then that he must be some kind of minister of state, or a deputy in the national assembly, considering how unusual it would be for an emperor to be chatting with a coffee-seller in the gangway of a train carriage.
The generals called them in. They presented me to the Emperor, and Cadorna said to him, "Nice head, eh? Sympathetic. What the public is after. Suppose we put her in a scene?"
He replied, "It deserves consideration. I'll think about it. There's no risk in bringing her along."
Between the snack and all the conversation, the time flew. The train as well. It pulled to a stop. I heard the name of my stop, and pounced for the door, leaving my companions my regrets and farewells.
But they said it was their stop too. The generals, the soldiers, everyone got off the train, which made quite a crush. I curtseyed politely to each one, saying, "Goodbye, my general ... Goodbye, my Emperor ... A very good morning to you, Monsieur Coffee-Seller."
The only one I didn't salute was the redhead. There was nothing about that head that made me want to look at it twice. He tried to give me an amiable smile, but that just made the effect worse.
As I was starting to leave, my friend Joffre -- it seems to me that I can call him that without any lack of respect -- asked me if I would be in the village long. I told him would be busy for less than an hour, the time it took to buy some vegetables. "Ah well!" he continued, "When you have completed your shopping, come join us at those barracks over there. That's our general headquarters. You'll see some interesting things."
I thanked him, very pleased with the invitation, and I watched them go off, arm in arm and singing, the generals, the soldiers, the Emperor, and the coffee-seller. It amazed me to see these men of such high station and such low standing behave like such friends and companions.
This is a member of the species Acronicta americana, an American Dagger Moth, in its caterpillar stage. We have had very few butterflies in the yard this summer of 2009 in Ottawa, probably because of the wet weather, but we'll be able to count on at least one big moth pounding on the kitchen window this fall.
 This is the single most popular post in the history of Plenty of Nothing.
[May 25, 2012] It's that time of year again: people are googling the phrase "fuzzy yellow caterpillar". During the months of June, July, August and September "fuzzy yellow caterpillar" searches make up a significant percentage of the hits on this blog. This year I am going to try to define the territory of the American Dagger Moth caterpillar by daily reporting the location of the computers from which these hits originate. It's only a rough estimate, because not all computers reveal their location, people often search more than once, it excludes Quebec and Mexico because it misses anyone searching in French or Spanish, and because there is undoubtedly more than one species of fuzzy yellow caterpillar. So, to begin:
May 25. 4 hits. Durham NC, Washington DC.
May 26. 1 hit. Bellvue WA.
May 27. 1 hit.
May 28. 0 hits.
May 29. 1 hit. Washington DC.
May 30. 2 hits. Miami FL, Santa Cruz CA.
May 31. 0 hits.
June 1. 0 hits.
June 2. 1 hit. New Brunswick NJ.
June 3. 1 hit.
June 4. 3 hits. Broken Arrow OK, Napa CA.
June 5. 0 hits.
June 6. 0 hits.
June 7. 1 hit. New Hartford CT.
June 8. 4 hits. San Marcos TX, Truro NS.
June 9. 3 hits. Oklahoma City OK.
June 10. 2 hits. Edinburg TX.
June 11. 0 hits.
June 12. 0 hits.
June 13. 0 hits.
June 14. 2 hits. Edmond OK, Conway AR.
June 15. 1 hit.
June 16. 0 hits.
June 17. 1 hit.
June 18. 0 hits.
June 19. 5 hits. Singapore, Safety Harbor FL, Montello WI.
June 20. 3 hits. Wilmington DE, Waukesha WI, Port Saint Lucie FL.
June 21. 1 hit.
June 22. 1 hit.
June 23. 5 hits. Sterling Heights MI, Singapore, Tulsa OK.
June 24. 1 hit. Lenoir NC.
June 25. 2 hits.
June 26. 2 hits. Lancaster OH.
June 27. 2 hits. Rockville MD, Broken Arrow OK.
June 28. 2 hits. Canton MI, Surrey BC.
June 29. 7 hits. Denver CO, Westwood NJ, North Reading MA, Bellmore NY.
June 30. 5 hits. East Haddam CT, Jamesville NY, Tiverton RI, Collegeville PA, Dearborn Heights MI.
July 1. 5 hits. Salt Lake City UT, Cincinnati OH, Hopkins MN.
July 2. 6 hits. Royal Oak MI, Hillside IL, Greensboro NC.
July 3. 4 hits. Troy MI, Lancaster OH, Valley Stream NY.
July 4. 11 hits. Waterloo NY, Rochester NY, Batavia NY, Ashtabula OH, Hawleyville CT, Des Plaines IL, Royal Oaks MI.
July 5. 3 hits. New York NY.
July 6. 3 hits. Quincy MA, Mountainview CA, Windsor ON.
July 7. 7 hits. Appleton WI, Leasbirg MO, Rochester NY, Niagara Falls ON, Hacienda Heights CA.
July 8. 9 hits. Salem NH, Marilla NY, Pontiac MI, Toronto ON.
July 9. 9 hits. Burlington ON, Newton MA, Saugerties NY, Brooklyn NY, Winchester NH.
July 10. 16 hits. New York NY, Carle Place NY, Rochester NY, Bordentown NJ, Byrnedale PA, Bellmore NY, Brooklyn NY, Ronkonkoma NY, Bronx NY, Ottawa ON, Dallas TX, Leeds NY.
July 11. 9 hits. Toronto ON, Easthampton MA, Grand Rapids MI, Chicago IL, Minneapolis MN, Webster NY, Rockville Centre NY.
July 12. 19 hits. Warrem MI, Albany NY, Avon NY, Sheboygan WI, Albernant AL, Toronto ON, Bethel CT, Ottawa ON, Chatham ON, Beamsville ON, Fairport NY.
July 13. 20 hits. Toronto ON, Baltimore MD, Ottawa ON, Webster NY, Waterloo ON, Winkler MB, Etobicoke ON, Westbury NY, Brooklyn NY, Lima OH, Brighton MI.
July 14. 11 hits. Evanston WY, Atlanta GA, Holbrook NY, Mountain View CA, Kingston ON, Bombay, Warren MI, Berkeley CA.
July 15. 15 hits. Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Chatham ON, Toronto ON, East Meadow NY, Jenkintown PA, Ottawa ON.
July 16. 25 hits. Frederic MI, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Mastic NY, Bridgewater NJ, Reno NV, Norvelt PA, Los Angeles CA, Los Altos CA, Detroit MI, Fairport NY, Philadelphia PA, Akron ON.
July 17. 20 hits. Cleveland OH, Washington DC, Swartz Creek MI, Massapequa NY, Saint Catharines ON, Los Angeles CA, Dearborn MI, Portsmouth NH, Guelph ON, Kingston NJ, Round Lake IL.
July 18. 9 hits. Shelton CT, Saint-Jerome QC, Burlington NJ, Beaver Dams NY, Toronto ON, Glendale AZ, Brampton ON, Roswell NM.
July 19. 15 hits. Avon NY, Dearborn MI, Grosse Pointe MI, Bronx NY, Thornhill ON, Brooklyn NY, Chambersburg PA, Newport NY, New York NY.
July 20. 24 hits. Fort Worth TX, Montreal QC, Lansing MI, Salt Lake City UT, Huntington VT, Los Angeles CA, Port Saint Lucie FL, Petersfield UK, Portola Valley CA, Temperance MI, Rochester MI, Abernant AL.
July 21. 21 hits. Greenfield Center NY, Columus OH, Eugene OR, Lansing MI, Madison NJ, Chicago IL, Plainfield NJ, Feasterville Trevose PA.
July 22. 30 hits. Mountain View CA, Manassas VA, Gulf Breeze FL, Abernant AL, Centereach NY, Union Dale PA, Rochester NY, Providence RI, Pickering ON, Montreal QC, Littleton CO, Grand Rapids MI, Rhinelander WI, Los Altos CA, Ottawa ON.
July 23. 22 hits. Rochester NY, Akron OH, Bronx NY, Salt Lake City UT, Dedham MA, Cortland NY, Issaquah WA, Waterloo ON, Greenville SC, Ambler PA, London ON, Norwalk CT.
July 24. 30 hits. Canton MA, Green Bay WI, Salt Lake City UT, Chicago IL, Barron WI, Regina SK, East Brunswick NJ, North Olmsted OH, Trabuco Canyon CA, San Jose CA, Kexington KY, Raleigh NC, Middletown NY, Cleveland OH.
July 25. 25 hits. Simcoe ON, Fairfax VA, Burnsville MN, Mountain View CA, Minneapolis MN, Buffalo NY, Deer Park NY, Winthrop MA, Darien IL, Toronto ON, Tunbridge VT, Fond Du Lac WI, Huntington NY.
July 26. 32 hits. Denver CO, Chicago IL, Bronx NY, Chippewa Lake OH, Abernant AL, Brampton ON, Oak Park IL, Toronto ON, Oak Park MI, Bagenalstown Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Cornelius NC, Nashville TN, Saint Paul MN, Oregon OH, Waterbury CT.
July 27. 18 hits. Winnipeg MB, Worth IL, Sudbury ON, Clinton Township MI, Greenlawn NY, Park Rapids MN, Syracuse NY, Evansville IL, Windsor ON, Philadelphia PA, Toronto ON.
July 28. 20 hits. Delton MI, Fort Worth TX, Lapeer MI, Martinsville VA, Saint Paul MN, Albany NY, York QC, Seal Beach CA, Saint Clair Shores MI, Wilson NC, Roselle IL.
July 29. 13 hits. Winchester NH, Glendale Heights IL, Minneapolis MN, Ottawa ON, Denver CO, Jeffersonville IN, Buffalo NY. (About 12 hours' data was lost.)
July 30. 42 hits. Evansville IN, Glen Burnie MD, Liverpool UK, Meriden CT, Howell MI, Levittown NY, Brooklyn NY, Thunder Bay ON, New York NY, Port Saint Lucie FL, Easton CT, Charlotte IA, La Crosse WI, Glenview IL, Englewood OH, Omaha NE, Waukegan IL, Peterborough ON, Middletown CT, Bethesda MD, Rochester NY, Littleton CO, Chicago IL, Bergenfield NJ.
July 31. 34 hits. Ann Arbor MI, Scarborough ON, Georgetown ON, Saint Paul MN, Newton Center MA, Bronx NY, Stoneham MA, Saint Louis MO, Fair Haven NJ, Manchester NH, Zanesville OH, Roselle IL, Troy MI, Greenbelt MD, Kanata ON, North Wales PA, Westland MI, Boynton Beach FL.
August 1. 29 hits. Westbury NY, Toronto ON, Akron OH, Winchester NH, Richmond VA, Dearborn MI, Minneapolis MN, Wilsonville OR, Chicago IL, Windsor ON, Janesville WI.
August 2. No data.
August 3. Sitemeter is not reporting locations right now. Unfortunate, because August is the top month for fuzzy yellow caterpillars.
August 4. 34 hits. Fairport NY, Toronto ON, Saint Paul MN, Cincinnati OH, Whitmore Lake MI, Sylvania OH, Shawville QC, San Francisco CA, Amityville NY, Rochester NY, Morrisville PA, Brooklyn NY, Donnelsville OH, Saint Helen MI.
August 5. 42 hits. Denver CO, San Francisco CA, Windsor ON, Saint Paul MN, Stacy MN, East Setauket NY, Cherry Hill NJ, Massapequa NY, Saint Louis MO, Dearborn MI, Lansing MI, Fredericton NB, Brooklyn NY, Wakefield RI, Burlington ON, Hamilton ON, Toronto ON, Prescott MI, Troy MI.
August 6. 47 hits. Palmer MA, Sandisfield MA, Epping NH, Sudbury ON, Minneapolis MN, Tecumseh MI, Moscow VT, Dundee IL, Perrysburg OH, Grosse Pointe MI, Wilkes Barre PA, Port Huron MI, Grand Rapids MI, Mississauga ON, Waukesha WI, Old Orchard Beach ME, Saint Bonifacius MN, Charlotte NC, Lake City MI, Dearborn MI, Ashburn VA, London ON, Carrington ND, Milford MI.
August 7. 26 hits. Wantagh NY, Georgetown ON, Winnipeg MB, Gilbertsville PA, Anderson CA, San Jose CA, Knox PA, Kalamazoo MI, Fryeburg ME, Helen MD, Cincinnati OH, Cuyahoga Falls OH, Sarnia ON, Waterford MI, Greenfield MA, Winter Park FL, Grand Rapids MI, Abernant AL, Bozeman MT, Rochester NY, Mastic NY.
August 8. 31 hits. New Hyde Park NY, Stamford CT, Cleveland OH, Newark OH, Westland MI, Ottawa ON, Centreville VA, Chesterland OH, Lakeville CT, Boston MA, South Jordan UT, Middletown NY, Southfield MI, Winchendon MA, Saint Louis MO, Saint Thomas ON, Monroe MI, Milwaukee WI.
August 9. 25 hits. Kalamzoo MI, Salt Lake City UT, Alexandria VA, Regina SK, MInneapolis MN, Webster NY, Dawson Creek BC, Hixson TN, Braintree MA, Winnipeg MB, Philadelphia PA, Big Rapids MI, Wayland MA, Freeland MI, Washington DC, Cameron WI, Toronto ON.
August 10. 28 hits. West Greenwich RI, Chatham ON, Youngstown OH, Staaten Island NY, Saint Louis MO, Roselle IL, Los Angeles CA, Springdale AR, West Islip NY, Manchester NH, Ellicott City MD, Dexter MI, Agoura Hills CA, Brooklyn NY, Saint Catharines ON.
August 11. 20 hits. Hamburg NY, Cottage Grove MN, Westminster MD, Agoura Hills CA, Saint Peter IL, Abernant AL, Whitmore Lake MI, Addison IL, Trabuco Canyon CA, Waterloo ON, Pocatello ID, Havertown PA, Howell NJ, Marietta GA.
August 12. 46 hits. Abernant AL, Brantford ON, Manahawkin NJ, Milwaukee WI, Saint Louis MO, Auburn MI, Birdsboro PA, Rochester NY, Brooklyn NY, Traverse City MI, Kincardine ON, Denver CO, Waverly NY, Toronto ON, Avon CT, Port Coquitlam BC, Lake Zurich IL, Stuttgart Germany, Roseville MI, Birmingham AL, Watertown MA, Port Washington NY, Medina OH, Washington DC, Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, Missoula MT, Crescent Valley NV, Bronx NY.
August 13. 39 hits. Glen Burnie MD, Toledo OH, Somerville MA, Royal Oak MI, Fairview PA, Kitchener ON, Littleton NH, Baltimore MD, Waterloo ON, Novi MI, Saint Louis MO, Wind Gap PA, Mineral Point MO, Thousand Oaks CA, Chicago IL, Merrimack NH, Central Islip NY, Grand Rapids MI, New York NY, Southington CT, Miami FL, Marysville OH.
August 14. 31 hits. Budd Lake NJ, Dearborn MI, Hempstead NY, Menasha WI, Detroit MI, New York NY, Fairfax VA, Columbus OH, Springfield VT, Provo UT, Milwaukee WI, Brossard QC, Kenly NC, Fremont NE, Comins MI, Orange CT, Toronto ON, Traverse City MI, Parsippany NJ, Dodge City KS, Chicago IL, Montreal QC.
August 15. 34 hits. Milwaukee WI, Wallingfor CT, Escanaba MI, Siffield CT, Granville VT, Winnipeg MB, Salt Lake City UT, Toronto ON, Englewood CO, Chateauguay QC, Litchfield MN, Maple Lake MN, London ON, Hamilton ON, Saint Cloud MN, Mchenry IL, Southgate MI, Minneapolis MN, Hamburg NY.
August 16. 18 hits. Denver CO, South San Francisco CA, Hamburg NY, Mount Pleasant UT, Pacific WA, Endicott NY, Burton MI, Sheboygan WI, Silver Spring MD, Oak Brook IL, Farmington MI, Battle Creek MI.
August 17. 31 hits. Greenwood Lake NY, Ephrata PA, Berwick PA, Grand Rapids MI, Thurder Bay ON, Edinboro PA, Detroit MI, Saint Louis MO, Montreal PQ, Westfield NY, Minneapolis MN, Henniker NH, Tippecanoe IN, Belford NJ, Eatontown NJ.
August 18. 27 hits. Johnson City TN, Saskatoon SK, Hampden ME, Keene NH, Austin MN, Malone WI, Markham ON, West Bend WI, Abernant AL, Burlington WI, Detroit MI, Winona MN, West Kennebunk ME, Ithaca NY, Auburn MI, Pittsburgh PA, Bloomfield Hills MI, Roxboro NC, Manchester NH, Virginia Beach VA.
August 19. 40 hits. Putney VT, Franklin TN, Detroit MI, Bangor ME, Little Rock AR, Airdrie AB, Lake Geneva WI, Norcross GA, Taunton MA, Byron Center MI, Sylvania OH, Orrville OH, Pittsfield NH, Bisbee AZ, Milwaukee WI, South Hadley MA, Hancock VT, Salt Lake City UT, Leasburg MO, Denver CO, Ottawa ON, Montreal QC, Newwark NJ, Downington PA.
August 20. 47 hits. Bedford NH, Dublin OH, Maryville TN, Chaska MN, Toronto ON, Short Hills NJ, Minneapolis MN, Sandy Hook CT, Saint John NB, Old Mission MI, Franklin NH, Whitewater WI, Butler PA, Saint Louis MO, Shepherdsville KY, Sioux Falls SD, Providence RI, Chatham ON, Brighton MI, Olympia Fields IL, Southburg CT, Los Angeles CA, Newtown PA, Lewiston ME, Hamilton ON, Milford MI, Oxford UK, Saint Paul MN, Lake Orion MI.
August 21. 32 hits. Rhinebeck NY, York PA, Windsor CT, Thurston OR, Davison MI, Saint Louis MO, Mississauga ON, Bloomington IL, Amherst NH, Litchfield MN, Napanee ON, Southfield MI, Monterey MA, Davin WV, Flossmoor IL, Puyallup WA, Marblehead MA, Toronto ON, Bradford RI.
August 22. 25 hits. Blackwood NJ, Houlton ME, Slinger WI, Nashville TN, Newark NJ, Rochester MI, Belding MI, Weare NH, Dowagiac MI, Mississauga ON, Essex Junction VT, Melrose MA, Grand Bend ON, Tolland CT.
August 23. 30 hits. La Vergne TN, Walnut CA, Edmonton AB, Middle River MD, Atlanta GA, Toronto ON, Walpole MA, Haymarket VA, Drummondville QC, Vancouver BC, Winchester NH, Mountain View CA, Manassas VA, Swindon UK, Kalamazoo MI, Owatonna MN.
August 24. 16 hits. League City TX, Oakville ON, Wheatland PA, Alliance OH, Toronto ON, Montpelier VT, Lansing MI, New York NY.
August 25. 19 hits. Barrie ON, Toronto ON, Nantucket MA, Abbeville SC, Spring City UT, Norwalk CT, Sturgis MI, Sanford MI, Franklin MA, Bel Air MD, Little Chute WI, Worcester MA, Cherry Hill NJ, Staten Island NY.
August 26. 28 hits. Sanbornville NH, Vine Grove KY, Calmar AB, Wilton NH, Scottville MI, Madison WI, Attleboro MA, San Jose CA, Canastota NY, Saint Louis MO, Sanford ME, Saint Catharines ON, London ON, Boonville MO, Leasburg MO, Getafe Spain.
August 27. 36 hits. Canfield OH, Markham ON, Hamilton MT, Oshkosh WI, Truro NS, Phoenixville PA, Burnaby BC, Washington DC, Norcross GA, East Syracuse NY, Merchantville NJ, Burlington VT, Somerville MA, Spring Valley IL, Toronto ON, Sacramento CA, Boston MA, Harrow UK, Decatur GA, Mableton GA, Verona WI, Leawood KS, Ottawa ON, Ventura CA.
August 28. 20 hits. Excelsior MN, Saint John NB, Saskatoon SK, Standish ME, New Richmond WI, Winnipeg MB, Sacramento CA, Kanata ON, Augusta ME, Gatineau QC, Ottawa ON, Philadelphia PA, Springvale ME.
August 29. 17 hits. Logan UT, Ecsanaba MI, Utica MI, Alpharetta GA, Rockville Centre NY, Ithaca NY, Gaithersburg MD, Brantford ON, Saginaw MI, West Nottingham NH, Macomb MI.
August 30. 14 hits. Alpharetta GA, Hollywood FL, Toledo OH, Springdale AR, Franklin MA, Roxboro NC, Lakeville PA, Atlanta GA, Cortlandt Manor NY, Burlington VT.
August 31. 11 hits. Portland ME, Houston TX, South Hadley MA.
September 1. 23 hits. Thousand Oaks CA, Lancaster NY, Duluth GA, Abernant AL, Eau Claire WI, Somerville NJ, Groton MA, West Chester PA, Windham ME, Milford MA, Augusta ME, Bristol VT.
September 2. 36 hits. Lansing MI, Murfreesboro TN, Beverly MA, Whittier CA, Saint Paul MN, Franklin TN, Sanford ME, Portland ME, Winston Salem NC, Blue Ridge GA, Bergen Norway, Woodstock CT, Hayward CA, Tewksbury MA, Council Bluffs IA, Little Rock AR, Byron Center MI, Denver CO, Buffalo NY, Traverse City MI, Roswell GA, Worcester MA, Duluth MN.
September 3. 35 hits. Dryden ON, Hamilton ON, Murfreesboro TN, McDonough GA, Lancaster WI, Janesville WI, Durham NH, Oneonta NY, Sudbury MA, West Palm Beach FL, Manchester NH, Cedar Bluff AL, Bedford UK, Stone Mountain GA, Howell NJ, Atlanta GA, Dover NJ, Windsor ON, Delhi NY, Leasburg MO, Salem OR, Eastern Passage NS.
September 4. 20 hits. Mount Juliet TN, Centervile MA, Dover NH, Hooksett NH, Cemberland Center ME, Ithaca NY, Manchester ME, Burnaby BC, Lisbon ME, New Kensington PA, Atlanta GA, Mount Pleasant MI.
September 5. 17 hits. Halifax NS, Cedar Knolls NJ, East Greenwich RI, Oneonta NY, Winnipeg MB, Westfield IN, Taberg NY, Redmond WA, Burnaby BC, Hamilton ON, Traverse City MI.
September 6. 17 hits. Center Ossipee NH, Birmingham AL, Surrey BC, Berwyn PA, Weehawken NJ, Vineyard Haven MA, Saco ME, Plano TX, Niagara Falls NY, Worcester MA, Clintonville WI, Hampden ME, Keene NH, Hamilton ON.
September 7. 24 hits. Keene NH, Amherst NH, Buffalo NY, Caledonia MI, Rochester NY, Edmonds WA, Bloomington IL, High Point NC, Seattle WA, New York NY, Vancouver WA, Melbourne Australia, Atlanta GA, Springdale AR, Jonesboro GA, Onaway MI, Boulder CO.
September 8. 22 hits. Henderson NV, Fall River MA, Portland ME, Louisville KY, Manchester NH, Milton VT, Brooklyn NY, Winchester NH, Bolton UK, Chocorua NH, Acton MA, Vienna VA, Toronto ON, Amherst NS, Grand Rapids MI, Dodge City KS, Fremont MI.
September 9. 19 hits. Dearborn MI, Lewiston ME, San Jose CA, Saint Louis MO, Beckley WV, Medford NJ, Durham NH, Stratford ON, Abernant AL, Oxford UK.
September 10. 18 hits. Leatherhead UK, Saint Louis MO, Stow OH, North Oxford MA, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Atlanta GA, Omaha NE, East Providence RI, Charlotte NC, Los Angeles CA.
September 11. 15 hits. Atlanta GA, Manchester NH, Leesburg FL, Saint Paul MN, Concord NH, Unadilla NY, Tucker GA, Olanta PA, Sussex NB, Minneapolis MN, Lynchburg VA.
September 13. 23 hits. Lexington KY, Greenfield IN, Bellingham WA, Bluefield VA, Saint Charles MO, Saint John NB, Bethesda MD, Knoxville TN, Houston TX, Salem MA, Ottawa ON, West Lafayette IN, Windham NH, Vancouver WA.
September 14. 16 hits. Wells ME, Toronto ON, Little Rock AR, Conway AR, Charlotte NC, Lowell MA, Okeechobee FL, Mount View CA, Roswell GA.
September 16. 12 hits. Prospect PA, Saint John NB, East Wenatchee WA, London ON, Whitefield ME, Manistee MI, Kennewick WA, Chicago IL.
September 17. 19 hits. Quebec QC, Traverse City MI, Atlanta GA, Truro NS, Kennebunk ME, Oakes ND, Perth Australia, Sterling VA, Ottawa ON, Merrimack NH.
September 18. 17 hits. Memphis TN, Westbury NY, Colorado Springs CO, Little Rock AR, Eureka MT, Raleigh NC, Manchester NH, Sherman ME, Derry NH, Leasburg MO.
September 19. 13 hits. Bowling Green KY, Halifax NS, Otsego MI, Colorado Springs CO, Stockholm Sweden, Huntersville NC, Abbotsford BC, London UK, Westbury NY.
September 20. 12 hits. Meridian MS, Ottawa ON, Hurricane WV, Dublin Ireland, Meriden CT, Tucson AZ, Bristol VT.
September 21. 7 hits. Seattle WA, Gainesville GA, Rome GA.
September 22. 15 hits. Gardner MA, Salt Lake City UT, Hickory NC, Devils Lake ND, Bethel CT, Bennington NH, Lynn UK, Wallace WV.
September 23. 19 hits. Plainville KS, York ME, Brookfield CT, Aurora CO, Reedsport OR, Vancouver BC, Bronx NY, Liverpool NY, Leicester UK, Saint Louis MO, Ottawa ON, Windsor CT.
September 24. 13 hits. Raleigh NC, Newark NC, Redwood City CA, Sheridan WY, Concord NC, Port Saint Lucie FL, Mountain View CA, Hillside IL, Highlands NC, Rockville MD.
September 25. 14 hits. Syracuse NY, Hurricane WV, Seattle WA, Abernant AL, White River Junction VT, Denver CO, Linville VA, Concord NH, Edmond OK, Oak Ridge TN.
September 26. 16 hits. North Hampton NH, Bronx NY, Saint Louis MO, Groton MA, Asheville NC, Ypsilanti MI, Monroe GA, Charleston WV, Beach Lake PA, Gig Harbor WA, Mississauga ON.
September 27. 13 hits. Sackville NB, Greensboro NC, Abernant AL, Saint Louis MO, Grand Rapids MI, Kahului HI, Byrnedale PA.
September 28. 11 hits. Saint Louis MO, Concord NH, Abernant AL, Stratham NH, Seattle WA, Galmanton Iron Works NH, Sammamish WA, Lowell MA, Piedmont WV.
September 29. 14 hits. Athens GA, Brooklyn NY, Adelphia NJ, Norfolk VA, Derry NH, White Rock BC, Fayetteville NC, Portland ME, Durham NH.
September 30. 10 hits. Thomson GA, Abernant AL, Saginaw MI, Maxwell IN, Apollo PA, Jacksons Gap AL, Newnan GA, Red Hill PA.
October 1. 10 hits. Schnellville IN, Erieville NY, Abernant AL, San Jose CA.
October 2. 10 hits. Endicott NY, Randers Denmark, Worcester MA, Virginia Beach VA, Blackshear GA, Madison WI, Singapore, Cincinnati OH.
October 3. 11 hits. Seattle WA, Hayesville NC, Manchester UK, Enid OK, Bellows Falls VT.
October 4. 7 hits. Athens GA, Concord NC, Leasburg MO, Kernersville NC, Raleigh NC, Regina SK.
October 5. 7 hits. Little Falls NJ, Newtown Square PA, Kinston NC, Davison MI, Little Rock AR, Lake Mary FL.
October 6. 9 hits. Methuen MA, Greer SC, Andover MA, Charlotte NC, Wicklow Ireland.
October 7. 8 hits. Acworth GA, Auburn AL, Walden NY, Clinton Township MI, Augusta GA.
October 8. 4 hits. Mountain View CA.
October 9. 4 hits. Beaumont TX, Lagro IN, Saint Charles IA.
October 10. 5 hits. Charlotte NC.
October 11. 2 hits. Virginia Beach VA.
October 12. 8 hits. Cork Ireland, Wautoma WI, Antwerp Belgium.
October 13. 3 hits. Saint Louis MO.
October 14. 6 hits. Nashville TN, Birmingham UK, Cincinnati OH, Brooklyn NY, Presque Isle ME, London UK.
October 15. 12 hits. Murrells Inlet SC, Hopkinsville KY, Saint Louis MO, Holliston MA, Gloucester UK.
October 16. 2 hits. Wimbledon UK.
October 17. 4 hits. Augusta GA, Clymer PA, Leicester UK.
October 18. 2 hits. Broken Arrow OK, Redlands CA.
October 19. 7 hits. Charlotte NC, Hereford UK, Yakima WA.
October 20. 1 hit. Birmingham AL.
October 21. 0 hits.
October 22. 4 hits. Ilkeston UK, Saint Louis MO, Edinburgh UK.
October 23. 3 hits. Durham NC, Harrisburg PA.
October 24. 3 hits. Paradise TX, Killeen TX, Irvington NY.
October 25. 5 hits. Mooresville NC, Roxboro NC, Stafford TX.
October 26. 3 hits. Rock Hill SC.
October 27. 3 hits. Manchester NH.
October 28. 3 hits. Adel GA.
October 29. 0 hits.
October 30. 0 hits.
This seems like a good place to stop. I don't know what value these stats hold for entomologists. They are less a measure of the range and life cycle of the American dagger moth caterpillar than of people with computers searching on the term "fuzzy yellow caterpillar" or "yellow caterpillar" or "fuzzy caterpillar" or maybe even "fuzzy yellow slippers". But they do give you a sense of when the species is crawling around New England, for example.
Which states or provinces had the most hits?
125 New York
49 New Hampshire
45 California (largely because Google is based in Mountain View CA)
38 North Carolina
Neither Michigan nor Ontario has an official insect. Yet both places are important territories of the American dagger moth's fuzzy yellow caterpillar. How about it, lawmakers?
[May 2013] People googling from Singapore or the UK have very probably seen a different fuzzy yellow caterpillar than the American dagger moth.
Plenty of Nothing stats clearly show the July to October fuzzy yellow caterpillar season.
[July 31, 2014. Searches for "fuzzy yellow caterpillar" are way up this year. The yellow bar for Jul14 is 2.1 K, a little higher than Aug13 or Sep13. If you treat the bottom 1K of each bar as normal background noise, there were about 400 "fuzzy yellow caterpillar" hits in Jul13 versus 1100 in Jul14.]
[July, 2016. There have been nearly no hits on this blog post so far this year, which means one of three things: 1) fuzzy yellow caterpillers are extinct, 2) fuzzy yellow caterpillars are still around but nobody cares about them, or 3) the Google Search algorithm is not showing this article because it was posted in August 2009. I think it's 3) so I'm reposting it in 2016, and we'll see if that makes a difference.]