GESOs: Unwanted Visitors

Daniel J. Matyola danmatyola at gmail.com
Mon Jun 29 08:41:33 EDT 2020


Thanks.  BTW, the caterpillar started to wiggle a bit after its photo
session, so I released it in a shady spot with lots of leafy foliage.

Dan Matyola
*https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery
<https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery>*



On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 4:17 PM Alan C <cole at lantic.net> wrote:

>
> https://www.google.co.za/search?sxsrf=ALeKk00VmE57BQESdyX0pm_uGRjCkIVq3A%3A1593375360391&source=hp&ei=gPr4Xq7jFIuelwTf6obQCw&q=sphinx+moth+caterpillar&oq=Sphinx+moth&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQARgBMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADoECCMQJzoFCAAQsQM6BQgAEIMBOgQIABAKUKkKWPU-YOFTaABwAHgAgAHDA4gB0BySAQcyLTQuNS4ymAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab
>
> On 28-Jun-20 08:51 PM, Daniel J. Matyola wrote:
> > 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
> > *https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery
> > <https://tinyurl.com/DJM-Pentax-Gallery>*
> >
> >
> >
> > 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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