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Friday, September 10, 2010
The caterpillar and the ladybird/ladybug
Standing on the wall outside are a few cacti and I noticed this caterpillat and ladybird/bug on one and wondered what they would do when they met? After what seemed like ages, the caterpillar went passed and seemed to nod "goodday" to the beetle. Or was it my imagination?
Then it went on its way. I think that the caterpillar is of a Common White Butterfly and the ladybird is young Lunate.
Then I noticed something under the ladybird and on closer inspection, it turned out to be a larvae she was hiding/protecting.
The cacti next to it was in bloom so I took a picture of it too.
What pretty flowers on something which has such ugly thorns!!