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Old Jul 27, 2006, 3:54 PM   #1
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At first I couldn't tell what was going on -- it looked like one bug had captured the other (couldn't tell which one) and was going to drag it off for a meal. Upon further observation, it was apparent that the bright green critter had emerged from the dead black 'exoskeleton'. Amazing -- the new one was noticeably larger than its 'former self'. The bright orange color (it looked like a lobster) began to change after a little while, first to brown, then to black just like the old one. The whole transformation took only a few minutes. I don't know what kind of bug it is, but I felt lucky to make a rare capture of such a transient process.

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Old Jul 27, 2006, 4:04 PM   #2
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Ooops -- typo above -- it should read "bright orange critter" instead of "bright green"

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Neat. Excellent. Much like a snake shedding or a katydid. Wonderful capture. Good Work.

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PK1 I love this photo. You really did get something unusual and you captured it well on film for the rest of us. WOW. I've never seen anything like this before. It looks almost prehistoric with that crest on it's back. I'm glad you were able to catch it while it was still orange. He's a beautiful color here.

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Thanks for the comments Jerry and Teree. It was a matter of being there at the right moment for sure, with a camera handy and charged battery. For reference, below is a photo of the same creature less than an hour after the first shot. It moved to a darker spot in between some plant leaves, so I had to use flash. He (she? it?) went from "amazing" to "ugly" pretty quick!

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A very good pic of an amazing event. At first I thought it was two bugs hanging onto each other.

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PK,

Wow! Very different look here. Talk about change! I'm glad you were able to supply the second picture to compare by.

I was so intrigued by your amazingly unusual bug I had to look it up. I found this website http://bugguide.net/node/view/27495/bgpage

It looks likethis wild and crazy bugit is a Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus). Thank you again for sharing this very cool insect.

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