Posts Tagged ‘camouflaged’

A Change of Seasons

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These black-eyed Susans were the hub of activity much longer than I expected.

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This small spider apparently thought it was well camouflaged back in early August.

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Today, September 6, shows a dramatic change in the flowers during the last two months.

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Another spider had staked its claim for any remaining possible “live” food.

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 This spider picked a unappetizing-looking flower-head. At least the sedum behind it would attract insects.

Tobacco Hornworm

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The easiest way to find well-camouflaged caterpillars is to first find their droppings.

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Two tobacco hornworms fed on the same  flowering tobacco plant (Nicotiana sylvestris) plant in my moon garden. The caterpillars can be a challenge to find, even after finding them the first time. I included this picture because it shows the pattern “veeing” down its back.

IMG_9180 cropThe small black spots along its side are the spiracles where they breath.

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The “eye” is a fake eye on its prothoracic shield.

Two caterpillars were on this same plant. One was gone the next morning, and the other the next morning. I probably won’t see the sphinx moths after they emerge.