Bug-on-a-stick is not an insect. That’s just the common name for this architectural marvel of the Liliputian world of mosses.
I was searching in our woodlot for any interesting moss species that I might not yet have documented there. Why you might wonder; my pursuit of botany is a thrilling story that I won’t belabor here, but know that hunting for moss is a frequent activity for this artist. Anyway, to my great jubilation I found bug-on-a-stick moss, an unusual and hard-to-find moss that lacks leaves when the capsules are apparent. I came back later and photographed this miniature forest denizen with a flashlight shining through its translucent capsules. The moss portrait had to be a large painting!
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