Natural packaging

Human skin is so familiar we pay it little attention. But other creatures have the most astonishing outer garments, if you get up close enough to see.

The first picture is a Gray Treefrog. It is about 2 inches long, and lives mainly on the bark of trees, for which it is well-camouflaged, but on the ground it is more vulnerable. When scared, it freezes, which makes it possible to get in close for a portrait. But just look at its knobbly skin, And it can change colour from gray to green too.

Gray Tree Frog

The second picture is a Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar, about 1/2″ long. We have a large hickory tree behind our house, so its presence in the garden is unsurprising.  Amazing eyebrows, and so many spines you can’t tell which end is which, though in fact the head is to the left.

Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar

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