09.18.2021 An Unexpected Reward

Last night Mary Beth was going to take Bentley out for his before bed business but I offered to do it.  As a reward I spotted a shape on the screen to our back window.  One never knows what will show up on the house and this was a nice surprise.

Wavy-lined Emerald-Synchlora aerata. A nice pristine individual with nary a scale missing.

I was happy to see this but should not have been surprised as my Boneset had quite a few of the larvae a few weeks ago. I posted one of the larvae but will drop it in below so you don’t have to click for comparison.

Quite a metamorphic change. Actually it was a month ago to the day that I made the larva image. For those who did not see the prior post, this caterpillar camouflages itself with whatever plant debris it comes across.  Obviously the disguise worked for this one.

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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22 Responses to 09.18.2021 An Unexpected Reward

  1. It’s always edifying when you can show us the before and the after, especially when there’s no predicting the later stage from the earlier one.

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  2. babsje says:

    That is an exquisitely beautiful capture. Just perfect. Best, Babsje

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  3. susurrus says:

    How amazing! The larvae has an excellent disguise.

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  4. Wow! Beautiful. My favorite color too.

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  5. I would never have put that larva – which reminds me of a cornflake-coconut cookie dough – with the exquisite moth. What a color!! It was interesting to look online at pictures of different “plant debris” outfits the caterpillar has been seen wearing.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Celedon pottery is gorgeous, and so is this moth. The color is a favorite, but what a delight for you to find such a perfect example.

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  7. Adele Brand says:

    What a lovely colour. It also made me reflect on how strange it is that while invertebrates, reptiles and birds have green hues, in mammals of course they are virtually unknown.

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  8. Nice reward there, Steve! That’s a real beauty, I love that green and the wavy lines.

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