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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SNOWBERRY CLEARWING

June 9, 2016

 

Here's Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing.

 

Sphinx caterpillar season has arrived in New England. Walking along roadsides near meadows and gardens, we are starting to spot tiny irregular holes in the leaves of honeysuckle bushes. Turning over these leaves uncovers tiny first instar clearwing caterpillars - light bluegreen with a narrow black horn.

 

The final instar is a delightful caterpillar with black "porthole" spots surrounding each spiracle. They often turn to look me in the eye when I disturb them for a quick photograph.

 

-Sam

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