Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Twig-Mimic Caterpillar


Had this caterpillar been on a brown twig instead of surrounded by green, I'd never have noticed it -- but, of course, that's the whole point.

(This is probably a Geometrid Moth caterpillar, but that's not much of a definitive ID since there are more than 1400 species in Family Geometridae in North America.)

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9 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a stunner... excellent eye sight you have :O)

Lana Gramlich said...

Wow, how cool! I sometimes wonder how much I miss due to such awesome camoflauge!

Sandpiper said...

Good spotting! Nature is amazing.

David said...

I like this photo. I probably wouldn't have seen this either. The colours are very nice, perfect background.

Cheers,

David Webb - Photographer

Andrée said...

Hi Marvin . . . thank you so much for this. I have to keep an eye out. I've so much to learn and love to see photos like this. Are you going to be going back as it develops?

Michelle said...

That is so cool! I'm clearly at a loss for better words, but that's just amazing. It reminds me to keep my eyes open a little further when I'm hiking...

mon@rch said...

Love finding sticks that can move! LOL great job with this!

Marvin said...

Thanks to everyone for their comments.

Andrée: The caterpillar was just in its taking a break from eating
pose and not yet ready to begin metamorphosis. I didn't collect the caterpillar -- because I didn't want to have to feed it -- and it has moved on to parts unknown.

Texas Travelers said...

Nature has some great wonders and entertainment if we will just stop and look.

Nice find.

Troy