June 27, 2016

Witness the Double-Toothed Prominent (Nerice bidentata), in all its leaf-edge-mimicking glory!

Not surprisingly, Double-Toothed Prominents are a favorite around here. We love how accurately their double-toothed backs imitate the double-toothed elm leaves on which they l...

February 18, 2016

 

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of seeing them in their garden knows Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) moths are special. I was first introduced to hummingbird moths by my mother, who often sees them nectaring at flowers in my parents’ yard in Pennsylvania. Like ma...

February 12, 2016

 

We’re going to end this week’s celebration of winter survivalist caterpillars with a bonanza of three different species!

 

First, Euchlaena (species unknown). These caterpillars may overwinter in the leaf litter or attached to their host plant—scientists are unsure. In...