Happy New Year!
I sometimes meet people who have such an overwhelming ignorance of the world around them that I find it incredibly sad. The amount of diversity that surrounds us all is impossible to ignore, you would think, but there are those who might as well live under a rock for how little they know about their immediate environment. Perhaps it is a factor of their upbringing.
I mention this because I have occasionaly noticed what look like random bits of soil (approx 1-1.5cm long) stuck to the outside of the house since moving to NZ. It has always struck me as slightly peculiar but I just assumed that it was something displaced from gardening or dropped by a bird. How wrong I was.
I was amazed when I saw such a bit of soil move! Off I went to get my camera and managed to get a view which clearly shows the head of an insect poking out! Amazing! A bit of internet research has led me to conclude that this is the larvae of the Australian Bag Moth which feeds on algae and lichen on the outside of the house. Such an incredible disguise! Such incredible beauty in nature!
What an amazing world we live in, both on a large and (especially) on a small scale.