Sunday, July 28, 2013

Darters and Skippers


While drifting along in a quiet cove of the Hudson on Friday afternoon, I saw just hordes of  Bluet damselflies darting and dancing over the surface of the water, their shiny blue bodies and transparent wings flashing in the sunlight.


In my own backyard, I found this fat yellow green-striped caterpillar with false orange "eyes" on its big brown head.  My guide books indicate that this is the caterpillar of the Silver Spotted Skipper.


3 comments:

suep said...

hmm, are you sure that was his HEAD? remember that OTHER entertaining caterpillar we saw ... (just kidding)

Woodswalker said...

Ha ha! Yes, I certainly DO remember that other caterpillar with its antennae on its butt! I was suspicious about this one, too, but then I did see its small black face below those big orange "eyes."

Anonymous said...

Spotted this little fella on locust tree in Central Mississippi. I had never seen one before.