02.20.2022 I’m not warming up to winter

I know, I’ve been complaining about not enjoying the cold this year. I’ll get over it, especially once spring arrives in a few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a little something that Mary Beth found on one of our tree peonies back in 2010. Plump little leaf chomper Cecropia moth larva that caused the plant no serious harm as it has still been flowering all these years later.

Here’s another view from that shoot which was before I knew most anyone who visits the blog now.

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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33 Responses to 02.20.2022 I’m not warming up to winter

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, it is beautiful… great shot, Steve.

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  2. That’s a wow !!! Interesting little guy for sure 😳

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  3. Looks like you were dealing with green energy before it became fashionable.

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  4. That’s a pretty ornamented buddy.

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  5. picpholio says:

    This is really an awesome macro shot !

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  6. eremophila says:

    Wow! I instantly thought of Alice😀

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    There are some really amazing and colorful details on this one. Absolutely fascinating.

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    • Another fine example of evolution allowing species to adapt and survive. In most cases that is. Those little trinkets look like lady bugs and some predators will avoid for that reason. Otoh, tachinid flies don’t care and this one succumbed to some of the fly’s larvae. Its a tough world out there even when you are beautiful.

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  8. Peter Klopp says:

    Great macro of the green monster with a voracious appetite!

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  9. Lol, his blobs have blobs! Fascinating. Love that open curl. Great shot!

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  10. shoreacres says:

    This one looks like the Big Green Guy that Steve posted some years ago. I fell in love with that one, but this one could turn my head. This might be BGG’s city cousin; he’s pretty fancy. I’d love to see something like this, with all of those colorful appendanges.

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  11. Why can’t people be as colorful as this? Well, maybe that’s why we wear clothes and ornaments: to make up for our blandness. She’s beautiful, and I like how you caught her making the transition from stem to leaf (or at least it looks that way).

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    Utterly fantastic, Steve. Isn’t it nice to have a spot of tropical color in your own backyard?

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    • It certainly was nice to have something this exotic to photograph and enjoy. Just the one time though. Maybe again this year if I am lucky. Thanks, Lynn.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        You never know but if it’s not one of them, there will be something else fascinating to see. I may have told you before, but one afternoon I found a Luna moth resting on a small plant for sale at a grocery store north of NYC. I carefully picked up the potted plant, went through the line, and purchased it. I think I was able to get a few photos before it flew off – long time ago.

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      • You might have but I don’t recall and that is cool enough that I would remember hearing it, I think. It’s a wonder that you were able to get all the way home and make a couple of images before it wandered off.

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  13. What incredible features and colors. Well spotted, Mary Beth, and well captured, Steve.

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  14. Ann Mackay says:

    Fantastic image! I love the baubles and the blue and white spiky bits – very ornate!

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  15. melissabluefineart says:

    Gorgeous. Like you, I prefer to let nature take its course but doing that it seems the wasps win all the time. They’re cool and all, but…

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    • This is one of those cases where once you see the larvae they are pretty much in command and the caterpillar is doomed. Removing the human emotion makes this just another part of life in the wild. Even their beauty means little to nature and it’s all for a purpose. Thanks, Melissa.

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