Monday, February 21, 2011

Beautiful insects

Bugs fascinate me. Aside from their beauty, it amazes me how the juveniles and adults look so different. In the garden this causes trouble because it's even harder to tell if it's a good bug or a bad bug if you can't recognize it. So, kind readers, please help me out if you know what the mystery caterpillar is - it's the first photo. My neighbor's lantana bush seemed to be covered in fuzz, and closer inspection revealed several striped caterpillars. The next pic is a ladybug larvae (which are all over the yard this month), and after that is a moth I discovered while pulling weeds. I love the pattern of the eggs - lined up so closely next to each other.

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