Thursday, March 18, 2010
I noticed this amazing creature in a bottle tree at home this week and had to marvel at its wonderful form. I think it is a Spiny leaf insect chomping away on the leaf. The tree has quite a bit of leaf damage with woven cacoon bundles of dead leaves on the ends of branches, not sure if it's related to this insect though. The very wet season we have been experiencing seems to have created a population boom for many insect species. Lots of butterflies and resulting caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders and lately ticks, everything has its place, but I draw the line at blood suckers.