VICEROY

The Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) is a favorite amongst our staff and our audiences, and for good reason--it’s a pretty awesome caterpillar! If you’ve seen a Viceroy caterpillar before, your first thought might have been, “Weird.” That reaction would be justified; Viceroys don’t look like typical caterpillars. In fact, they look like… bird droppings. I love speculating with kids over why Viceroys might look the way they do. If the kids struggle to come up with an idea, I ask them, “Would you want to eat food that looked like… your poop?” The answer has always been no, and for good biological reason—most creatures would really prefer to avoid eating their own poop! With their clever coloratio

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The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

© 2015 CATERPILLAR LAB INC.  With original artwork by Heather Reid and Samuel Jaffe

 

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