Thursday, June 13, 2024

A walk in the Field in Valley Forge

I got up early one morning this week and drove out to my favorite bug field in Valley Forge.  Oh, it was so good.  They are all young bugs for the most part.  Tiny and difficult to see, but they still have all their body parts.  Here's what I found:  First the Ambush Bug.  The ambush bug looks a little like a flower and hides on the side of a plant or on top of a flower and grabs his prey with his huge forearms.  

Then next was the Jumping Spider.  If you look closely you can see a reflection of my macro lens in each of his four front eyes.


Then came this imposter:   The Camouflage Looper Inch Worm.  He is a regular inchworm except that he bites off the flowers he is eating and using his spit, he glues the flowers onto his body to act as camouflage to his predators.  

And here is a plane old regular inchworm on a little flower. 
Finally the fabulous Robberfly.  Look at those compound eyes.  He is perched on a plant where the camouflage looper inchworm had gotten his camouflage.  Check it out by looking above at that looper.  Oh the wonders of nature.

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