Crawling or Flying

Most things crawl before they fly, if they fly at all.  The wood termites shown in the photo have flown into my pool, chewed their wings off, and are treading water or floating on their cast off wings to get to the side of the pool so they can crawl up to my wooden beams and make a meal of them.  The golden orb spider spins zigzag designs in her web as she crawls to its center.  I haven’t been able to determine why. The orange butterflies were on a lifejacket on a boat on the Amazon.  Attracted by the bright color, they were no doubt disappointed by the taste.  The tiny green moth flew down to my computer screen one night and crawled around a bit before it settled on a nice spot. The hummingbird moth larvae are fascinating in their various mutations before turning into moths. I never have been able to figure out what the crystal shapes are growing out of the one caterpillar. 

Most of my bird watching takes place at the beach, thus the photos of pelicans and gulls. Except for the photo of the walking stick on the cap and the hand-held giant leaf hopper, which were both taken in  the Amazon rainforest, all of the other photos  were taken at my house above Lake Chapala in Mexico.

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9 thoughts on “Crawling or Flying

    1. lifelessons Post author

      They are all real, Marilyn. If you are talking about the green one or the brown striped one with what looks like crystals coming out of its head, they are both stages of the hornworm..or larval stage of a hummingbird-hawk moth. They invade my Virginia Creeper vine that hangs over my terrace every year and poop beebee sized hard round pellets all over my table. Poor Pasiano has to hunt them down and transplant them to the lot down below. They are fascinating, but I hate their discharge!

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        That is one weird looking creature. It looks like a Disney animation.

        We’ve seen hummingbird moths occasionally here, but I had no idea that they look like that as caterpillars. I’ll swap you my caterpillars for yours any old day!

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      2. lifelessons Post author

        I know. Aren’t they amazing? And they blend into the foliage so well I can’t spot them. I can only tell they are there by the evidence they leave. Pasiano has to go on safari to find them, but I won’t let him harm them. They go into my “empty” (weed-filled) spare lot.

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