Even though I have a lot of social media accounts, I wouldn’t consider myself a huge social media user. Yes, I realize the irony of broadcasting that statement in a blog post, but it’s true. I, for example, have a Twitter account and I used to use it a lot, but there’s only so much time in a day and it often doesn’t include Twitter time these days. I do, however, love and make time for Instagram! Even though the most popular Instagrammers are generally celebrities or selfie addicts, there are some seriously great photographers on IG too. I enjoy the social aspect of it, but I honestly couldn’t care less about likes or followers or that each photo gets a hundred comments. I love looking at the photos people post. I follow mostly nature photographers, so each day I scroll through all these amazing pictures of things that remind me of just how spectacularly beautiful our world is. I find inspiration in the photos posted by the people I follow.
Why mention this here on my insect blog? This year, I’m embarking on a 365 project (well, technically a 366 project since this is a leap year). Each day, I will post one photo of an insect on my Instagram account with a few fun facts related to it. Think of it as a really short daily version of Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday! I invite you to join me on my year-long photo-factoid adventure. If you like the little tidbits I share here on my blog, you will probably like what I’ll be sharing. You can find me here:
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No. 5: Pipevine Swallowtail Eggs Most insects are pretty terrible parents by human standards. There are exceptions, but most insect species find a good place to lay their eggs, lay a bunch, and leave them to fend for themselves. That's what the species that laid these eggs, the pipevine swallowtail, did here. This species only lays their eggs on pipevine species as their larvae feed on pipevines exclusively. The mom may not stick around to watch her children grow up, but if all goes well she'll leave her eggs in a place where the caterpillars will have plenty of food as soon as they're born.
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