An audacious moth and a killer plant act out the struggle for existence in a chamber of death and resurrection.
Wow! This is incredibly fascinating!
Such opportunist creatures! A friend just sent me photos of the Pitcher Plants too; likely you crossed paths in Florida!
A really great tale, proving once again that there is almost always more to a story if it involves nature. And how about that rainbow moth associated with the Purple Pitcher Plant! (I live 5 walking minutes from a fen and used to hike in to check on pitcher plants.). Alas, am now blocked by a grove of dense buckthorn bushes but a recent grant will start to eradicate them.
What an intriguing story--I especially love that you pointed out the herbivore eating a carnivore. Now I’m down a rabbit hole trying to figure out where else that happens. Thank you!
Great observation, fine writing and excellent photos too - One of my favourite substacks
Bryan, it is not the buckthorn per se, it is the tick issue that is keeping us out. We did get treated gaiters last summer, socks in shoes, etc.. You must have your own strategies.