of moths and the mmda...
the mmda has planted several ficus benjamina saplings along the length of commonwealth avenue and elsewhere in the metro in an effort, i suppose, to green the city. i don't really know why they chose this particular plant (fast growing? none destructive? pollution tolerant?) but i'm glad they chose ficus, the birds love the fruit. and adri & i discovered another creature which loves the plant.
the mmda has lined many of the metro's main roads with ficus benjamina. here's one on busy commonwealth ave.
several plain looking "horned" caterpillars: a very recent expereince tells me these will become moths!
anyway, a couple of weeks later, adri announced that the cats had indeed metamorphosed into moths, and strange-looking moths they were. i couldn't go and see them until the next day, a saturday, and i hoped that they would stay in place. sure enough, there they were... we counted more than 20 small moths on the ficus.
a newly eclosed moth next to its cocoon
that single ficus (and even its fence) was adorned with these funny-looking moths!
it was a bit strange that they stayed in place, i wonder why they didn't fly off. anyway, there was a pair already starting the next cycle.
a pair starting the next cycle already
here's to the greening of metro manila for the crawlies!