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Looper larva on wild garlic flowers

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Looper larva on wild garlic flowers: it’s as the title says. Now just add Allium drummondii for the garlic.  Date: April 1.  Place: the right-of-way beneath the power lines that cross a portion of my Great Hills neighborhood in Austin.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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  1. wow! i haven’t seen a looper in a long time! good shot!

    • Thanks, Lisa. I’m impressed by the way these insects, even though attached to something at just one end of their long bodies, can hold themselves rigid in various configurations, including straight out or curled upward.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2013 at 6:56 AM

  2. The question is: How do they do that?

    Amazing photograph, Steve.

    On closer inspection (I clicked) the little looper looks like a twig. Great camouflage tactic!

    Lynda

    May 3, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    • Maybe an entomologist could tell us how this slender larva comes up with the strength to hold itself so rigid. I wonder if all those tightly packed rings around its body have something to do with it.

      It’s good of you to point out the camouflage: this looper does look like a tiny twig.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

  3. Wild!

    apronheadlilly

    May 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

  4. The shade of purple is beautiful and an outstanding color.

    petspeopleandlife

    May 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

  5. Great blog Steve, which is why I nominated it for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. See details at http://marketing4photographers.com/2013/05/04/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/. Cheers, Melanie

    • Hi, Melanie. I’m pleased to see that readers appreciate what you’re doing to promote photography on your blog. Thanks for appreciating my pictures of nature in central Texas. When the question of awards first came up for me a couple of years ago, I thought about it and ultimately decided that this blog and people’s comments on it would be reward enough for me without any overt awards. Thanks again for thinking of me, and I hope you’ll understand my decision.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM

  6. Of course the first thing I thought of was Clematis drummondii, and that confused me. So, I had to go exploring to sort this out again and finally decided that the “Drummond” is either James or (more probably) Thomas, who roamed around naming every sort of flower.

    The loopers great, but I confess it was more fun looking through those photos of the Clematis drummondii. They’re such splendid plants!

    shoreacres

    May 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

  7. Say, is that a looper I see ‘planking’ over there??? Or perhaps, given the defiance of gravity, I should give it more credit and compare it to a gymnast doing a perfect *real* planche.

    kathryningrid

    May 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    • I had to look up planking and planche (which I was unfamiliar with except as the French word meaning ‘plank’). I used to be able to do a planche by holding on to a vertical pole, but I wouldn’t try it now. But I would and do still plunk myself down on the ground, sometimes in an awkward position, for the sake of a photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM


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