These images have been sitting on my desktop for several weeks now, waiting for me to upload them. These are all creatures discovered while I was working on the cabin chimney in Madison County.
This is a Giant Leopard Moth just emerged from his cocoon and drying his wings on the cabin sill. These moths come from the Wooly Bear caterpillar. Notice the iridescent blue knee joints. His abdomen had bright orange spots on it.
This Ringneck snake wasn’t much bigger than the moth. He was hiding under the tarp I used to protect the sand, meaning he had a steady diet of roly-polys and millipedes readily available.
Cathy found this guy in the garden. It’s an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar. Those eyes are markings meant to deter predators.