Moths and un-moths

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A couple days ago, I mentioned that it’s moth season. These are the moths that do a pretty good job of imitating dead leaves.

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The pupae look like this:

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And they’re everywhere. Today, I walked over to Stanford and around the dish loop. I stopped at a particularly dense area of pupae to see if I might observe a moth in the process of emerging.

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No, but I think this may be a larva in the process of pupating, soon to resemble its two neighbors. Either that, or it’s dead, dead, dead!

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As always, however, careful inspection reveals unexpected points of interest. I don’t know why this little guy is hanging around, but I bet it’s not accidental.

This one is surely an evolutionary mimic of the pupae.

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And getting right down to the bottom line, here’s one having lunch.

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From the dish, I walked back through Palo Alto and stopped at the Gamble garden to see what interesting things might be on display.

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A couple days ago, I mentioned seeing more of various small animals over the years, more than in previous years, harvestmen for example. I have no reason to believe that there are more harvestmen than there used to be, but I see a fair number of them now. I believe this is because I have learned to see them.

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Fun.

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