Destined For Glamour & A Starvation Diet

UNTIL IT SQUIGGLED I thought a crumpled leaf had fallen into the pot. The lime green accidental "model", as wide as my thumb and a bit longer, squirmed when I took its picture before setting it free. It reminded me of a slinky toy but I learned it will likely transform into one of two common moths with uncommon traits. If it's an Antheraea Polyphemus, it will eventually change into a moth with a beautiful purplish eye-marking on each hind wing suggestive of the giant cyclops eye from Greek mythology. But since I saw no yellow bands that distinguishes the Poly, it might instead become a gorgeous pale green Luna moth wearing trailing wings and moon-shaped markings. Like the Ploy, it will have virtually no mouth and die in a week. No longer able to munch on leaves, its appetite will turn solely to procreation and continuing its species.

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Comments

  1. Caterpillars always remind me of the power of transformation.

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  2. When I remember how I used to dislike caterpillars, I feel ashamed of myself. I must have slept through that science class as a child. Lovely catch and good information.

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  3. Hello, I love them all. Caterpillars, moths and butterflies. The Luna Moth is beautiful. Great find! Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

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  4. It is a miracle of nature how a caterpillar transforms into a moth or butterfly.

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  5. always fascinating the transformation of a caterpillar ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  6. Fascinating! I'm in awe of butterflies and moths living first as caterpillars.

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  7. I am really getting immersed in caterpillars right now and it is an interesting study indeed. The sheer diversity is simply amazing.

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