nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: Guess who I …

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Guess who I found! Three fat & happy hackberry emperor caterpillars!

March 25, 2018

Well that was easy! One chrysalis here, one coming tomorrow!

They are so good at camouflaging, it took me ten minutes of searching for caterpillar #3 before I saw the shed skin and started looking for a chrysalis. When they are backlit, they are completely invisible—half the time I can’t find them even when I know they’re there.

March 27, 2018

Our first fat and happy butterfly! Female Hackberry Empereor, wings still soft. Don’t mind all the stick insect poops :X Going to clean the tank tonight.

April 4, 2018 (they grow fast!!)