December 21, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK:

There are few caterpillars as invested in the defense of their adult forms as the White-marked Tussock, Orgyia leucostigma. The elegant colored spines and hair pencils that make tussocks so distinct will aid in the protection of all subsequent...

September 6, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK: The aptly named Monkey Slug Caterpillar - Phobetron pithecium.

 

With no legs to speak of, a dozen waving tentacles, a thick mat of hair, and ample sharp spines, there really is nothing else quite like a Monkey Slug. This is one of over a dozen...

September 2, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK: Eat the leaf, live on the leaf, BECOME THE LEAF. Heterocampa biundata, the Wavy-lined Prominent, is hidden in plain sight against a fall season hickory or maple blade.

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"The long summer has taken its toll on a once lush New England leafscape....

August 19, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK: King of the vegetable patch, scourge of the gardener, and one of my all-time personal favorite caterpillars, Manduca sexta - the Tobacco Hornworm.

 

This is the sphinx caterpillar that we find in our gardens, chowing down on our precious tomatoe...

August 10, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK: A leading candidate for "strangest in show," introducing Harrisimemna trisignata - the Harris's Three-spot caterpillar.

 

The Harris's Three-spot caterpillar is one of the very weirdest. From behind it resembles an alert jumping spider, actually...

August 5, 2015

 

CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK: Introducing Tetracis crocallata - the Yellow Slant-Line.

 

From their earliest instars, or growth stages, this geometrid moth caterpillar resembles a brown twig, but they only gain the fantastic "broken-off branch" appearance, with pale tan high...

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