Jersey devil

Neat nibbler

Neat nibbler

Sprinkled with spines and sporting black-tipped head prongs, this Hickory horned devil caterpillar (Citheronia regalis) is one funky-looking bug — and fairly good sized, at 4+ inches in length.

As overloaded with appendages as it was, it seemed to be a tidy eater, as seen by the precision chunk cut from the sumac leaf to its right.

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Un-Green Peace Pipe

Peppermint pipe hybrid

Peppermint pipe hybrid

Candy bowl close-up

A strange thing to come across in the woods, Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) — at least in this red-stemmed form — looks like the result of an unlikely grafting experiment crossing an asparagus with a candy cane.

(Earlier post about another un-green plant.)

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Get on the leaf foot

Foliage foiler

Foliage foiler

Not sure what species this is, but I think it’s in the Leaf-footed bug family (Coreidae) — although in this case, the leaf-like padding seems to be more on the leg than the foot.

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Rubber wavy muggy clumpers

Horticultural hen house

Horticultural hen house

Looking like warped, rubbery citrus slices, this cluster of wild mushrooms — I think Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus cincinnatus) — added bit of orange spice to the brown-green-grey woods.

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Finding common loon ground

Large-mouthed bass eater

Large-mouthed bass eater

Mooned by a loon

Mooned by a loon

Although not having too much immediate luck despite his sizable bill, this Common loon (Gavia immer) kept plunging for fish in the waters of the Manasquan Reservoir.

I think this might be a non-breeding adult, or perhaps a juvenile.

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Good nightshade Irene

Cherry tomato chicanery

Cherry tomato chicanery

Hanging like a juicy bunch of tiny tomatoes, the poisonous fruit of the Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) looks all too innocent.

(Earlier post about nightshade flowers.)

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False eye splashes

Roving eyes

Roving eyes

If not for the oversized ocular ovals on its back, this Eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) would’ve blended in fairly well as it crossed an asphalt path. Smaller and less noticeable, its actual eyes are closer to the antenna bases.

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