7.13.2008

Cool Cats

It was quite pleasant out early this morning, the air was almost cool. Treebeard and I took a stroll around the yard to see what was stirring in the early dew. He spied this cluster of datana caterpillars on the blueberry bush...

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and I spied this second instar giant leopard moth larva on pokeweed.

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8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Golly. I am stunned again. I was visiting Marvin's blog and saw your name and popped over here. Sure glad I did. I got to get you linked up so I can continue to see what you are doing. These photos and those others I have seen are just fantastic.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

swamp4me said...

AL,
Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoy the photos. Come back anytime!

Marvin said...

It looks as if the cats organized a precision drill maneuver just for your benefit. We seem to have a bumper crop of the walnut moth variety datanas this year. Yesterday I noticed a scattered group of them bobbing their heads (front 1/3 of their bodies) up and down as if they were keeping time to music. Then, they stopped. Directly, they started up again. I have absolutely no idea what that was all about.

Cool cat shots.

swamp4me said...

marvin,
Datanas always make me smile. Can't figure out the behavior, but it always delights me.

Aluajala said...

Wow! Caterpillars look like some kind of a flower on the first picture! Gorgeous!

swamp4me said...

aluajala,
The caterpillars did look like a flower and they sat perfectly still the whole time.

Crowe said...

I've never seen caterpillars do that, though I have seen them humping purposefully along paths in perfect military formation.

I came across some photos of glasswing butterflies earlier - not your neck of the swamp but they are so extraordinary I immediately thought of you. Here they are: http://www.hemmy.net/2006/04/30/glasswing-butterfly/

swamp4me said...

crowe,
Thanks for the link. That glasswing was beautiful!