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Old 08-18-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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I found this little fella when I was mt. biking in PA a few weeks ago. I had stopped to drink some water and noticed him inching his way up the trunk of a tree. Boy, did he move quickly! I took a bunch of pictures of him, but here are just a few. I think it is the larva of an Elegant prominent, Odontosia elegans, but not entirely sure.
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YEY... Here in.... a Her-on....

Nice inch worm.. They sure have a great camouflage! Soooo twig like. You probably would not have noticed him at all if it hadn't moved...
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He could pass for a twig. Good camouflage. I think inchworms are really cool.
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They sure have a great camouflage! Soooo twig like. You probably would not have noticed him at all if it hadn't moved...
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I was quite impressed with his camouflage! He looked identical to the small twigs/branches of the tree he was inching on!
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It's probably a geometrid moth of some kind, having only the two pairs of hind prolegs. It might be really hard to ID, there are so many.
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I found this little fella when I was mt. biking in PA a few weeks ago. I had stopped to drink some water and noticed him inching his way up the trunk of a tree. Boy, did he move quickly! I took a bunch of pictures of him, but here are just a few. I think it is the larva of an Elegant prominent, Odontosia elegans, but not entirely sure.
This definitely is not Odontosia elegans; it is in the family Geometridae, a huge family with many species that can superficially resemble one another. I would defer to an expert in this group for a specific identification.
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This definitely is not Odontosia elegans; it is in the family Geometridae, a huge family with many species that can superficially resemble one another. I would defer to an expert in this group for a specific identification.

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