Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Green is pretty easy to find in nature.  Well, here on earth anyway.  Mars is another story.  This first image is a Green Metallic Bee.  It really does look like a piece of shiny green metal as it flies around.

The second is a fairly common caterpillar of the Sphinx Moth but, this one has a surprise.  It has been parasitized by a small ichneumon wasp – Cotesia congregata.  The wasp lays it’s eggs in the living caterpillar.  When the eggs hatch, they come though the skin of the caterpillar and pupate on the outside.

The idea is kind of yucky but nature is like that sometimes.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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One Response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

  1. chatou11 says:

    I like very much the caterpillar of the Sphinx moth.. unfortunately the poor little thing won’t become a butterfly…

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