Stony Brook Mass Audubon (20170909)   Leave a comment

One of our favorite walks.  The boardwalk is now open, too.

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The Handsome Trigs were everywhere!  Seriously, though, that’s their official name.  This one seems to be eating some prey?  As katydids, I assumed that they would eat plants.  Perhaps a larva? [Edit — I learned that most Orthoptera are in fact opportunistic eaters of other insects or carrion, so this is certainly food.  And armed with this knowledge, I can never look at locust swarms in the same way ever again.]

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My first geometrid moth caterpillar ever!  These are known for their spectacular camouflage.  I would never have realized that this wasn’t a twig, except that it mistook the wooden railing for the branch of a tree, and so stood out:

 

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In case you’re still not convinced, here’s a closeup of the head:

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Posted 2017-09-09 by gaurav1729 in Uncategorized

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