11.26.2006

Tree Trunk Trickster

Just a quick post of cute little faker...the larva of a green lacewing. Look at the clumps of lichen in the photo. The topmost clump is an insect larva in disguise. With a little gentle persuasion from the tip of Treebeard's knife blade, we were able to pry the little beastie from the tree trunk. I flipped it over in my hand and snapped a quick picture before it flipped back over, turtle style. Seconds later it was back on the tree trunk, busy being what it is.

 
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good eye! That's so neat.

LauraHinNJ said...

Fooled me! How ever did you spot that???

Cathy said...

No Way! That is just so neat.

Floridacracker said...

Yeah, how DID you spot that?
Cool bugling.

Anonymous said...

Wow!

I haven't checked in here for awhile and I don't know why?

Swamp Things is still one 'Bitchin' blog!

;~)

SquirrleyMojo said...

Fascinating! Wait--does the lichen grow on its back? Kindof like a sloth & algae (or is it mold? I forget).

swamp4me said...

I've been out of town and haven't had a chance to respond to your comments - I hate that.

lynne,
It is a neat thing to see :)

laurahinnj,
It wasn't too hard to spot; it was the only blob of lichen that was crawling.

cathy,
It is a clever little critter...

FC,
It was the movement that gave it away. There were actually two on the tree - one was speedier than the other.

Jim,
Thanks! Glad you stopped by.

SQMojo,
It sticks the lichen to its back.