I found this fellow sitting on my laptop when I went back to my porch chair after a short break. You would think for all the world those are eyes but really they are false eyes atop his disproportionately large head- designed to look like a snake to scare off potential bird predators? I’m not sure, but Sophie was suitably impressed. She watched him for a long time before deciding she would resume hunting the tiny anoles around here. At least with those, she knows what she’s up against. We may have a whole new breed of these little lizards around here; a stub tailed variety.
Bev at Burning Silo, Ontario Wanderer and Wayne at Niches are a few of my regular reads who are taking part in the first annual BloggerBioBlitz. I have a feeling one of them will be able to identify this guy. A swallowtail of some sort? I know some caterpillars have been munching away on my passion flower vine and those are often the swallowtails.
While I go solicit an identification, you can just assume that he is looking for photo entries for Good Planets. The theme is water, you have some great competition this month and the deadline is, well, now. But send them over anytime today and I’ll get them up tomorrow. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with Good Planets in the subject line.