Twig Mimicry…

I should have done this post last fall. If you’ll allow me to wave my wand, let’s go back to a day in late fall when we were wiring a quince, only to find…

…a shy inchworm waving around on a twig:

Where is the critter? (This is a Where’s Waldo? moment, for those who are into that…)

Here it is!

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And here’s another Waldo, on another day…a grey little fella.

Although these finds were not thrilling, as they were both nibbling on the bonsai, I have a deeper layer of appreciation about these sorts of discoveries that comes from my entomologist father. I was amazed at this inchworm’s accurate mimicry of a quince’s leafless twig. The grey was exactly a quince’s twig grey…the dark marks on it were EXACTLY the quince’s lenticels (where leaves had dropped off)…and even the spacing of them was just right. I was blown away. If it hadn’t moved, I would have never seen it. Left me with high respect for such a sneaky, shy animal who isn’t afraid to use some ninja skills to get its lunch.

12 Comments

  1. christianphansen says:

    How well do they respond to being wired?

  2. Carol Novak says:

    I suspect even the quince was fooled.

  3. Al Polito says:

    My, what short little internodes it has!

  4. carol ebreo says:

    Wow i am impressed as I was gonna think this was a joke about your finger!!! thanks for the info!!

  5. Linda Price-May says:

    So happy you found the little buggers – pun intended. Nature is amazing.

  6. Conner says:

    Eat your heart out, chameleons!

  7. Aykut A. says:

    I’ve seen these fellas before, totally amazing, they must be one of the best on this job.
    And they are the best way to increase ramification over just one night. 🙂

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