Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This is a grouse. Jon took all these pictures today. The next two are insect related so you've been forewarned.
We've been baffled by what this orange jelly is which appears only on a few cypress trees. Is it a fungus? I looked up orange jelly fungus, because that describes the look exactly, and learned there is such a fungus, and it's sometimes called witches butter. Witches butter- wow that can set the mind spinning...
But the pictures of orange jelly fungus looked much more opaque than this . This almost looked like amber before the zillions of years descended on it to make it solid. We think it may be the pod of some insect. There seemed to be some bugs emerging in the base of one. I don't think I want to be around when they all emerge.
At first this looks like chicken art but look again- it's all wiggling caterpillars. ooh wee.
Reporting in, your would be entymologist.