Thursday, August 12, 2010

Don't try this at home!

Who is this strange monster?
Why is it eating pipevine? (aka Southwestern Pipevine)
Could it be the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar? In fact, it is. I was in the canyon today with my own personal photographer and spouse, Matt Ball; instead of getting a photo of the pipevine 'flower' (which Carol and I saw on Tuesday), he 'shot' this great critter - not quite an inch long, red and moist looking, with some amazing protuberances.

1 comment:

  1. I got to see 2 of these little guys today and they are indeed very strange - but so is the plant (low-growing long, pointy purple and green leaves) and its matching purple and green lady's slipper-looking flowers. Add in the fact that all are toxic to critters and you have quite a package. Carol T