This red-spotted purple probably escaped a predator at the cost of a wing and the ability to escape again. Though grounded, he continued to spread his wings in the sunshine.
“If I could just make it over the top of this rock … escape is in sight!” — Quoth the spiny caterpillar.
Thanks to our friendly neighborhood extension urban entomologist for the ID on this fellow and his kin: the Eastern Buck moth, Hemileuca maia.
Yet another update — It seems we’ve got this whole escape thing backwards where the buck moth caterpillar is concerned. See “Look, but don’t touch, buck moth caterpillars.” Run away!
Other escape artists:
- and one of my favorite blog titles and “abouts,” http://bluejbluej.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/weekly-photo-challenge-escape/
And the mother page of escapery: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/photo-challenge-escape/
This lizard is casting a wary eye at the photographer. No wonder. His flayed tail is still bloody from an encounter with a bird or other would-be predator.