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turttle 12-13-2012 10:08 PM

I think I will start one, but not until after the holidays when I have the mental energy to dig out my decorator caterpillar photos, and maybe my multi-colored tobacco bud worms, and I will need to consider what else might qualify. It needs some thought. Caddis fly larva are cool, and would qualify, but I am not sure the photos I have of them are digital, it has been years since I took them.

Cocoons would probably qualify, they are often designed using natural items to help in their camouflage.

Sage 12-13-2012 10:30 PM

Great idea, turttle! A thread for those really special bugs!

havalotta 03-27-2013 10:10 AM

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How about decorator UNDER a beach finding.
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What do you think created the network? Worms?

turttle 04-21-2013 10:37 PM

Very cool find, Hava. Tell me more about it. What is the consistency of the black part - is it stone? rubbery? man-made or natural, or can you tell? The only rings I know that you find on the beach that are natural are moon snail egg cases and they don't look like that. Where did you find it?

The etched patterns look like they could be from worms, but if it is a rock I would wonder about some kind of chemical process too. Is there a thread somewhere for odd things you find on the beach?

havalotta 04-22-2013 10:31 AM

To the right is a part of a log I had flipped over. To the left, Its impression.
Living in logging country, we get a lot of sawed off ends washing up on the shore....Especially at ice out!

Way back during the lumber days, after the trees were cut down, they whacked the ends of their harvest with a heavy metal mallet that bore their signature and rolled them into the river to float down to the awaiting mills. The marks told them who to pay for the harvest. Scoundrels and cheaters often trimmed just a hair off the end of the logs to re-brand them with one of their own markings for payment.

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