Ready for another caterpillar flavor? I found a Polyphemus moth laying eggs on the side of my house. Brought her inside, put her in an enclosure while I grabbed a paper bag (easier to collect eggs on paper!!!), and she laid FIVE eggs in the 10 seconds it took me to get back to her.
Last year, I struggled with keeping my Polyphemus babes fed, since the trees they eat were not abundant in my yard (they ate all the little saplings down to sticks!). But this year, I anticipated Good Moth Luck, and have let all the elm saplings get big and tall regardless of how inconveniently placed they are. And here we are! 😀
August 31, 2018
Guess who’s here?
Mama moth laid 90 eggs and thankfully I was able to give away most of them. I kept 20 eggs for myself, and they started hatching this morning. Exciting!!
September 8, 2018
My fat babies 😭
I gave away 5 more eggs, and three have yet to hatch, so only 12 caterpillars right now. Much easier than 90!!
September 10, 2018
Compare the size of a newly hatched baby pillar with her two-day-old siblings.
September 10, 2018
Baby’s First Molt
You can see his old face is starting to come off! Exciting!
September 11, 2018
Fresh new clothes! In the top photo, you can see the baby’s old skin behind him (it’s the dry yellow thing). In the bottom photo, you can see all their discarded head capsules (I circled them). I collect caterpillar faces!
Remember: they are four days old at this point.
September 12, 2018
Gaze upon my large children
September 13, 2018
Oops forgot to post these yesterday!! Got distracted by BIRD NONSENSE
I probably need to feed them again. They are eating machines!!!
September 15, 2018
Important new development: Hairy Toes
September 20, 2018
The molting and cuteness are everlasting. Soon they will have their walrus mustaches.
September 22, 2018
The bigger they get, the sillier their molt dance gets. Check out the complete celebratory ridiculousness here [link to previous post]
Wow wouldn’t it be nice if I could post a video reblog on mobile?!
September 23, 2018
Big n’ fat
September 25, 2018