And now for something fairly gross.



I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for…months. I don’t generally get too grossed out by insects or the weird stuff they do, but I’m still haunted by whatever is happening in these photos. I wish I could offer some insight or educational information, but I can’t. Anyone? I assume it’s in the early early stages of starting the chrysalis? Why is there a bubble coming out of it’s head (butt?) and why is it removing it’s ‘face?’ I have so many questions.

This just in, thanks to Anna Malcom for the information! It’s an 8-spotted Forester and it’s in the process of molting. The stages in between molting are called instars, and it’s head popping off is part of this. Crazy stuff! The beautiful ooze in the first photo could be something to ward off predators. Pretty cool stuff. Thanks again, Anna!

8-spotted Forester

8-spotted Forester

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow

, 31, is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow

Jill Wussow is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.

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