Jul 132010
 

Starting off with something newer today. Nice to see that the traditional 7-spot ladybird is still alive and well and thriving in Poland 🙂 . Although the Harlequin is here too 😥 (more on that in a minute).

7-spot ladybird

A Harlequin ladybird along with the shell thing they leave behind when they change from larva to adult.

Harlequin ladybird

Next up the largest caterpillar I’ve ever seen. Tomek called me over to find this one. At one point it crawled onto my hand and it felt so weird the way those little feet gripped the skin. A bit creepy. Looked it up later and it’s the caterpillar of a Gypsy Moth.

Gypsy Moth caterpillar

And here’s its facial portrait…

Gypsy Moth

And of course, a regular photo session with the in-house model, the red veined darter (although he showed up an hour earlier today, and

Red Veined Darter (male)

I got some video as well).

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