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.

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SPINY OAK SLUG

February 23, 2016

 

This week's Caterpillar of the Week: the Spiny Oak Slug caterpillar, Euclea delphinii.

 

I have only found a handful of these strange caterpillars in the wild, but the adult moth is relatively common at my moth lights. Placed in a plastic vial, female moths will quickly lay dozens of eggs and each year we get to raise bucketfuls of their prickly, venomous, technicolored caterpillars.

 

Slug caterpillars of a myriad of species are plentiful in the late summer and fall here in New England. They are unique in lacking any functional prolegs - locomoting by undulating their undersides in a wave like fashion.

Stay tuned this week for a series of original TCL videos relating to this fantastic native caterpillar.

 

- Sam Jaffe
TCL Director

 

Each week (or at least SOME weeks!) The Caterpillar Lab features a "Caterpillar of the Week." Each featured caterpillar is a species we've raised at our lab in Keene, NH. We hope you enjoy meeting the caterpillars of New England!

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