this caterpillar is such a cute color, i’ll forgive it for eating my plants
(acraga coa caterpillar Aka jewel caterpillar)
More bagworm moth caterpillars because I love their tiny little home-made houses!
so ive been collecting up the caterpillars that eat my herbs and putting them in a jar until they turn into moths. (◠‿◠✿)
they really like my chamomile so haven’t been able to harvest and enjoy the flowers (◠︿◠✿) but i love watching these little guys eat the little petals it’s so satisfying.
i’ll post more updates as they grow but currently I have 5 caterpillars and will most likely acquire more. (⊙‿⊙✿)
i’m only thinking about one thing at any given time
A Common Buckeye caterpillar. Never had these in the yard before but for some reason this year they were EVERYWHERE.
If it means blocking out attention to what the caterpillars are like, then fuck Monarch Butterflies, honestly. Look at this. Banded caterworm’s a little cutie.
I’m fostering some woolybear caterpillars (which I’ve done before, but it has been a few years). I’ve been noticing a lot of them dead around my house, usually because a bird pecked at them, decided not to eat them, and then other bugs found them. If they all die while they’re still caterpillars, they’ll never turn into moths and make MORE caterpillars, so I decided I better make a shelter for them.
Woolybears can live for more than a decade (if they keep freezing/thawing out), but since I have no idea when these were actually born, they could be really close to turning into moths or still years off. Either way, I’ve played the waiting game before. I have a large plastic tub (one I could sit in) that I’m using; I put some grass/clover/dried leaves on the bottom, added different kinds of fresh leaves (you can usually use whatever was around them when you find them. my yard has apple/pear/cherry/plum/oak trees, plus other vine/shrubs. the caterpillars seem to especially like the honeysuckle leaves). I also have lots of sticks in there for them to climb on (and hopefully, eventually use to hang from and make cocoons).
I change the leaves every 3 days and clean the tub (to get rid of all their cater-poops), and I also mist them a little with a spray bottle once or twice a day (no water dish or bowl, because they might actually drown in it. it is also pretty cute seeing them suck up the little “dew drops”, and munch round holes in the leaves). I currently have 7 of them, and they’re all doing good (if you ever keep wollybears, don’t freak out if it looks like they aren’t moving. sometimes they just like to chill and be really still for a while, it doesn’t mean they’re dead. if you gently pick them up, they’ll probably curl into a ball, then uncurl after you set them back down after a bit).
I rinse off my hands before I give them leaves or handle them, since I don’t want to accidentally get anything like lotion/soap on them. During the day, I put the tub with them out on the back porch. They get fresh air and some sunlight (but nothing direct and harsh), and bring them in my room at night. I don’t want them to get too warm, so they are over by my window where it is cooler at night. Right now I’m not using the lid of the tub (since the sticks are all a few inches below the top, and the caterpillars can’t stretch that far and escape), but whenever they start wrapping themselves up, I’ll probably transfer whatever stick they use into a jar with holes in the lid (we have quite a few of these from past caterpillar adventures, as well as times when I’ve gathered up ladybugs).
I’ve done this 4 other times with woolybears, all ending with happy moths that were set free, so this should go good as well~
I posted the video of this American Dagger Moth caterpillar a while back but forgot to post the pictures I took of it, oops. Well, here they are.
Cotesia congregata - a little parasite of caterpillars.
This one is from Karen Kester’s lab in Richmond where she and her gradstudents raise them and discover things about the host (Sphinx moths I believe) parasite relationship. Photo by Greta Forbes.
ive always wanted to make a character based off this caterpillar
Caterpillar in stern …
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the photoset of me with little creatures no one asked for
I’ll name him Littlefoot when he emerges!
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