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not plant related I know but i was walking home and saw the biggest FUCKING caterpillar I’ve EVER seen in my life just LITERALLY chilling on a tree….i left him alone to go about his life but holy shit like…..🅱️ode honestly

Hey I know these sausages! My blog is mostly just me updating my Polyphemus Moth faterpillar livepost right now. For variety’s sake, I just took these a minute ago for this post.

I legit have a bug room where I raise these turds. Yes they have their own room

Can you blame me? Look at this sweet face.

Their poops are as big as their head.

Here’s Mama laying the eggs they hatched from!

Polyphemus moths are very common in North America, ocurring in every US state except not as much in Arizona or Nevada, and in Canada as well. They will eat just about every leafy woody plant except hackberry.

October 6, 2018

oh my god theres so many im dying

also i saw on one of ur other posts u brought them in to see a class of first graders and like do u kno how this would have blown my mind as a first grader…..im a sophomore in college and the sheer Sausageness is blowing my mind like i would have just lost my shit man 

I dunno, they can’t be that common in MT/OR/WA, cause I never saw anything like that out here (caterpillar or moth)

The first Polyphemus Moth I ever saw was in Seattle, on UW campus.

You can get a decent idea of where things are distributed based on citizen science websites. iNaturalist is starting to become a highly reliable resource for distribution data. Here are where Polyphemus moths have been found and reported by users of the website [link to source]:

A note: These distribution maps tend to be heavily skewed towards representing areas with high population densities, and heavily under-representative of more rural areas. Citizen science depends on people like us documenting these things and posting them. In middle of nowhere, where hardly anybody goes out looking for bugs, let alone knows about iNaturalist, you’re not going to get people posting observations of moths there. Most of those dots are near major cities, like Seattle.

The bugs are out there, you just need to know to look for them!

October 6, 2018