September 30, 2008

In the Potted Bamboo

This red and black caterpillar was eating violets but then started climbing the potted bamboo when I started taking pictures. We think it will be a butterfly with a leopard pattern. We looked it up in Little Brother's big bug and insect book. There are several butterflies that have caterpillars like this that eat violets. The pictures were too small to see the detail so we're not sure what it will be.

This is obviously in the praying mantis family. It fluttered from one bamboo pole to another and watched me as I took pictures. We looked it up and it's called a kokamakiri.

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