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.
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.)
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.
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.
Large-mouthed bass eater
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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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.)
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.