I turned some wood and found a tenebrionid beetle Triorophus sp., and a juvenile Labidura riparia (Shore Earwig) that was hiding in something reminding of the pupal chamber of a beetle. Next, I discovered several Pillbugs and a very shrunken, discolored lizard.
Then something moved and climbed onto my hand. A moth with only stubs for wings. It's color identified it as a newly eclosed Salt Marsh Moth whose wings were still very undeveloped.
|Shed skin of a caterpillar (exuvia) and pupal cocoon shown next to an adult moth|
|The young Salt Marsh Moth inflated its wings in a little more than 1/2 hour|
|Estigmene acrea (Salt Marsh Moth - Hodges#8131) The color of the caterpillars is variable|
By then the young earwig had withdrawn into a crevice, the darkling beetle was still looking for a shady place, and the lizard had recovered in the warm sunshine, filled out his wrinkly skin and regained the color pattern of his species, the Ornate Tree Lizard.