Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hickory Horned Devil - Transformation

Midday, August 22, 2012

Equal parts bizarre and brilliant, still mere weeks in existence...

Over six inches in length and a girth of three quarters of an inch...

Not much room left in this skin...

Early Morning, August 25

Going underground...

 Late Evening, August 29

 Goodbye green skin...

The pupa(e) will quietly develop in its subterranean surrounds for ten or so moons.

Here's hoping we're around to witness its emergence.

But in any event, we'll cherish this experience...

"When we try to pick out anything by itself 

we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible 

cords that cannot be broken

to everything in the universe. "

-John Muir

First Encounter with the Devil


  1. that is wonderful- we learned so much about these after the one wandered through the yard- if we had only know more about them when we found it.

  2. I am so grateful for the world of information we have at our fingertips today; I often reflect on the many amazing encounters of my childhood when my only resources were my dad's knowledge, a couple of field guides and the public library in town.