Thanks for the comment. Glad you liked the photos! As for the caterpillar, you’re in luck: that’s the other one I made a color version of. It’s here.
I was never crazy about the taste of balck walnuts, but they make an interesting spice-like addition to certain dishes such as meatloaf (vegetarian and otherwise) or pasta sauces. And yeah, I’m happy not to have to do the work of extraction myself any longer. I assume they’re so cheap at the Amish store because they make their kids do it.