I saw a very pretty bug today and can’t seem to figure out what it is. The animal in question is about an inch or a little more long, with six legs and wings. It has a white, furry body (looks almost like a caterpillar’s), with six black dots on its head – very symmetrical: three running down the right side and three on the left. It has retractable antennae or horns at the front of its head which it seems to put up when it’s crawling around exploring and down when it’s resting or alarmed.
Its wings are small (more like a cicada’s or a leaf-hopper’s than like a moth’s), translucent and speckled with black dots. He seemed pretty happy to crawl around on the sidewalk, and didn’t try to fly at all, even when I prodded him gently with the stem of a clover flower, although he did flutter his wings once or twice. Mostly, though, he kept them folded back tightly over his body.
Sorry I couldn’t get a picture of him, but if any of you have likely guesses and can point me at pictures on the web, I’ll know him when I see him.