Diamondback Caterpillars and Other Nifty Critters

August 8, 2010

Stephanie warning: BUGS! RUN AWAY!

Here are a few photos of three tiny, beautiful creatures I’ve met lately. I don’t have a clue what any of them are. If you do, feel free to let me know!

Hmm…maybe I’ll make up names for them.

I. The Oxford Shoe Bug.

He poses here beside my watchstrap. E.g. said, “He looks like the top of a shoe.” I see it now: oxblood-and-yellow leather upper with white eyelets and stitching, and black laces.

 Improving on ordinary shoes, however, he has a red belly.

II. The Avgolemono Caterpillar.

Named after a popular egg-and-lemon Greek soup. Lemon stripes enhance this caterpillar’s robin’s-egg blue background.

And his toes are peppered.

III. The Diamondback Caterpillar.

This chap models for us on the Evening Primrose blossom he rode into the kitchen. His petite physique has encouraged him to mimic a deadly American rattlesnake to toughen his street cred.

And if you think he’s small, check out his little brother on the back of the same flower.