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Spring beastie babies

One of my favorite things to do when we visit Hill Country is to stalk the farm with my macro lens, in search of insects and spiders.  I’ve made it no secret that I love insects, but I’m also fascinated by discovering the tiny details about them that we seldom take time to notice.

Okay, a butterfly is technically not a baby, but this one is brand-new all the same!

Anybody know what this is?  I’ve identified some similar nymphs but none quite match.

This guy turns into…

…the pipevine swallowtail.  Just emerged and stretching its wings!

Praying mantis babies, smaller than a pinky nail.

Credit goes to Mark for spotting the emerging butterflies during our walk.  He’s an excellent photography assistant!

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