May 25, 2017

White-marked tussock, Orgyia leucostigma, caterpillars are a crowd favorite, and even years into rearing them, breeding them, and exploring their bizarre natural histories, we are still witnessing and capturing new behaviors to share with you here.

After each shed, the...

May 23, 2017

If you thought our Sicya macularia caterpillar was beautiful, then check out their pupa!

During open hours last week, myself and three visitors were looking through our nursery when we saw something shimmering between some folded aspen leaves being held together by a th...

May 21, 2017

Many caterpillars physically mimic their surroundings to avoid detection from birds, and our new CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK, Sicya macularia - the Sharp-lined Yellow, is a stunning example of this. You may have seen some of our early season twig displays with very convinc...

May 16, 2017

Last night we made our first attempt to capture a time-lapse of our largest native caterpillar here in New Hampshire spinning its magnificent cocoon. Hyalophora cecropia, the Cecropia Giant Silk Moth, gets as large as a breakfast sausage and spins a huge, complex, doub...

May 10, 2017

Our pistol casebearers (Coleophora species) are more than just a pretty shell. Most of the time they appear as an unmoving growth on a twig, but gentle tickles with a paintbrush are enough to get these little guys moving and exploring for our camera.

Silk clearly plays...

May 9, 2017

There is so much to see if we only bother to look. This week's COTW is the Pistol Casebearer (Coleophora species), a creature that we have encountered before, but had never taken the time to examine closely before today!

We start out each spring collecting vast amounts...

May 7, 2017

Our Virginia Ctenucha may look soft from afar, but as you can see from the photo, that fuzzy appearance is put into perspective with a close up look at the hairs, or better referred to as spines now. These barbed spines have some unique properties.

It’s been suggested t...

May 2, 2017

Welcome back for another edition of COTW! This week we will set our sights on the Virgnia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica) in the Tiger & Lichen moth subfamily (Erebidae: Arctiinae).

With bright warning coloration and tufts of barb-like hairs covering its body, everything...

May 1, 2017

Yesterday during open hours at The Caterpillar Lab one of our overwintered New England Buck Moth (Hemileuca lucina) egg masses began to hatch! It was rewarding to watch the process with visitors under our digital microscopes, and then to film as dozens of tiny black he...

April 30, 2017

Today at The Caterpillar Lab Orgyia tussock caterpillars hatched and wandered across the tattered remains of their own mother's life cycle - her final shed caterpillar head capsule, a piece of her discarded pupal skin, and mats of her silk and severed defensive hairs....

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