These curiously textured and patterned eggs were placed on a dried leaf tip. I don’t recall ever seeing anything quite like them. I don’t know what they are, but I’d guess moth eggs.
Some of the ones around the edge are a bit crumpled.
Here’s a wider view, to give you some context for the placement.
Did you find the hidden moth in the last crypsis challenge? If not, here’s where it was hidden.
In natural light it blended in quite well. With a flash though, it really pops out.
I thought the eyespot was interesting and I managed to get a closeup before the moth took off.
I expected this would be an easy challenge. All commenters correctly mentioned the moth. Good job, everyone!
Could this be the harvestman equivalent of an ostrich burying its head in the sand? Or maybe it was just trying to get at something to eat.
After a few shots as I found it, I prodded it into a better position.
It has some interesting “combs” on a few of its rearmost legs.
It’s actually quite small, the body measuring only about 5mm front to back. The longest leg, however, was about 3cm long. I’m not sure what purpose those horns might serve.
I have to admit I’m drawn to these strange creatures. I think in part it’s simply because they are so alien looking.
I’ll be taking a trip to Costa Rica in January for the sole purpose of nature photography. All I have right now is a plane ticket which I snapped up when I received a notification that the price had fallen below $250 from Atlanta.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be spending the entire time along the Southeastern coast. I’ve visited many parts of Costa Rica, but I’ve never been to that particular area. I’ll probably find lodging and base myself near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
I don’t want to be too specific about my exact itinerary given the public nature of this blog. If you think you might be in the area in January and would like to meet up, send me an email.
Does anyone have any requests for things I might try to find and photograph?