One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Odd insect cuts pieces of Rudbeckia petals for camouflage.....(Synchlora aerata)
What can I say? I wasn't going to eat it.
September 1.......I emailed Dr. Michael Raupp at the University of Maryland and he identified this odd insect as a Camouflaged Looper, the caterpillar of the Wavey-lined Emerald Moth. He does a fun weekly post on insects and sent me this relevant link. When I googled the species, I found photographs of one looper adorned with Liatris petals....pretty!