GESOs: Unwanted Visitors

Daniel J. Matyola danmatyola at gmail.com
Sun Jun 28 14:51:08 EDT 2020


Thanks, Alan.
I don't think "the blob" had been partially eaten;  I think it began to
decompose after I removed it and placed it in the sun to photograph it.  It
appears to have a few suckers or mouths on one end of the underside, while
the upper surface is simply a gooey, globular mass.  It looks a bit like a
slug, or a snail out of its shell.

The caterpillar could well be that of a sphinx moth;  we have plenty of
the adults here in the summer, and I have no idea what their caterpillars
look like.

Dan Matyola
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On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM Alan C <cole at lantic.net> wrote:

> That last thing? Yuk. Looks like something partially eaten (so there is
> probably another lurker). Th caterpillar looks like that of a Hawk Moth.
> The snake i don't know.
>
> Take care.
>
> Alan C
>
> On 28-Jun-20 06:52 PM, Daniel J. Matyola wrote:
> > Our pool has been remarkably clean and free from vermin this year, except
> > for one huge bullfrog that I removed a couple of weeks ago and relocated
> to
> > the local river.
> >
> > For some reason, we have had a string of ugly ane unwanted visitors in
> the
> > pool the past couple of weeks.  This may have been provoked by a long
> very
> > hot and dry spell, followed by sudden rainfall.  In any event, If anyone
> > would care to help me identify these alien invaders, it would be greatly
> > appreciated.
> >
> > The first is a small, skinny snake, less that one foot long:
> > http://dan-matyola.squarespace.com/danmatyolas-pesos/2020/6/28/snake
> >
> > The second appears to be some sort of caterpillar, about and inch and a
> > half long:
> > http://dan-matyola.squarespace.com/danmatyolas-pesos/2020/6/28/mystery
> >
> > The third defies all description, but is less than an inch long:
> > http://dan-matyola.squarespace.com/danmatyolas-pesos/2020/6/28/blob
> >
> > All were taken with my K-5 IIs, with the smc FA 100 mm Macro F2.8, hand
> > held.
> > Identifications as well as comments and criticisms are invited.
> >
> >
> > Dan Matyola
> > *https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery
> > <https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery>*
>
>
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