Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Creature

Welcome to the weekend, folks! Here's a moth I found on a doorstep as I was walking downtown earlier in the fall. Not to be too judgmental about the whole camouflage strategy, but it seems to me that the illusion of eyes loses some of its threat potential if there are more then two of them (it kind of gives away the whole ruse, doesn't it?). But maybe I misunderstand the point of the illusion, or maybe as Emmie suggests, the moth is counting on really dumb predators...

Anyway, there are more creatures on the ark and a Friday to sink into, so be safe and happy and have a relaxing weekend!


4 comments:

June said...

When does a moth become a butterfly?

alice said...

Ooop! Is that thing a butterfly? My bad.

Keera said...

The diff is feelers: Moths have fuzzy ones, butterflies don't. (I hope that's still true. So many other childhood certainties have had to be abandoned.) Anyway, it's beautiful! The flaking surface it's on adds interesting contrast to the bug itself. Good shot, Alice!

Tom said...

I wouldn't have a clue if it's a moth or butterfly, but perhaps the camouflage is to make it look like a very large multiple eyed spider? The eye spots reminded me of spider eyes, and being a fully qualified arachnophobe I can sort of see where it might be coming from. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful picture!