Sunday, June 12, 2011

Riverwalker’s Bushcraft Pics - Changing Colors

In order to ensure the survival of many species, nature gives different species some very unique characteristics. One such creature that has this special ability is the caterpillar. Many caterpillars will change color just prior to pupation.

 Normally bright colored creatures are a sign to predators to stay away because it says “I am dangerously toxic or taste really bad if eaten.” This particular caterpillar was fairly exposed among the leaf litter and debris but was fairly safe from the exposure by its coloration. Its bright coloration was used as a deterrent to predators and worked to keep it safe, even though it was in a highly exposed situation.  Had this caterpillar been his normal green color, it would have been highly visible to predators and it would have wound up being a quick meal. The picture above shows an Imperial Moth caterpillar that is orange colored.

While these caterpillars are usually green in color, when starting to pupate these caterpillars can be found in a variety of colors. Sometimes you will see them as a bluish green, brown or an orange color depending upon their environment. Imperial Moth Caterpillars are also unique in that they pupate in the soil. This caterpillar was busy searching for some nice dirt in which to pupate. 

Nature teaches us a very valuable lesson from this example.

Sometimes it’s necessary to be able to make a change in order to survive.

Got bright colors?

Staying above the water line!



idahobob said...

I find, especially in my AO, that OD is the most universal camo color.

Most camo patterns do not fit in well.


Anonymous said...

In a city Levis, earth toned shirts and jackets, dark colored shoes are not worthy of notice. Camo on the other hand stands out like a sore thumb.

riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

I was wandering around in the woods and spotted this little creature out in the open and very exposed.

It's unusual to find one with this coloration.

Just when you think camo is the way to go... nature shows you something a little different.

Thanks Bob III.


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 11:24

Just need to dress properly for the area to avoid undue attention or extra scrutiny.

During hunting season, camo is pretty much "normal" attire in my area.

Thanks anon.


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