08.19.2021 If you’re going to San Francisco

You’d better wear some flowers.

Synchlora aerata-Wavy-lined Emerald moth larva. These actually don’t go to California but are found over most of eastern and central U.S. Here in the northeast they are the only species to cover themselves with small bits of flowers and other debris for camouflage.  There is a southern species found elsewhere. There were several on the boneset and all seem to arch most of the time but this one appeared to be rearing.  Maybe it was roaring.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 08.19.2021 If you’re going to San Francisco

  1. Great camouflage; not till your text did I realize a moth was in there.
    Somehow I don’t think boneset is the kind of flower hippies would’ve chosen to wear in their hair.

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    • Never having worn even one flower in my hair I can’t speak to the difficult boneset would have had in a headpiece. I am sure that these caterpillars have some sort of adhesive to get them to stick or maybe nectar is sticky enough.
      It is great camouflage until the decide to crawl to the nxt flower.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Perfect camouflage! I also would not have known there was a moth hidden in the flowers if you had not mentioned it.

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    • As you might be able to tell, it was indeed difficult to see this one, and several others, on the flowers of boneset. But they move which totally negates the benefit of camouflage. Once I saw one it became easier to see others.

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  3. Very nice Steve! Great image!

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  4. Jane Lurie says:

    How fascinating, Steve! Great shot.

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  5. Ms. Liz says:

    Cunning camouflage, I love this photo!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Have you ever found a caddisfly larva case? They do much the same thing. One artist decided to give them some different materials to work with, and this was the amazing result.

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