Mystery Tussock Moth caterpillar livepost continues! Unsettling egg raft and hatching photos over here (trypophobia warning!)[link]
The babes are still pretty small, but oh boy they are HUNGRY. Their poops changed color from yellow to the standard green color. They are escape artists and I have to continually put them back into their habitat when I’m feeding them (I use a paintbrush to move them, very convenient!), and there are SO MANY of them.
September 8, 2018
They are still so tiny but SO FURRY!! Look at all that FLUFF!! These babes are a pain in the butt and are constantly trying to escape. I can’t wait for them to get bigger and fluffier.
September 9, 2018
First Molt Underway
Their head capsule includes the earmuff dongles I’m d y i n g
September 10, 2018
First Molt Complete
Still no idea who they are!
I did an enclosure change today. How do you move hoardes of tiny caterpillars, you ask?
See related video, Painting by Caterpillar: Tussock moth
September 11, 2018
Starting to look a little more tussocky! Still very small.
September 12, 2018
I have been a bad caterpillar liveposter, BUT these things have molted a second time and they are still almost impossible to see without a microscope.
If anything, the fluffier they get, the harder they are to see!
These are from last night :X
September 15, 2018
They are taking forever and I’m impatient.
This one hadn’t moved in three days or so. Turns out he was just molting??? (That’s his old skin next to him)
September 25, 2018
I guess they’re a little bigger?
Also, those hairs?
Don’t touch! The fluffy looking hairs have a strange texture, and they may be the irritating hairs that can cause allergic reactions. I really need to read up on stinging caterpillar anatomy!
October 2, 2018
Are you ready?
I love them 😭
October 11, 2018
I think we have an ID!
Looks like a Yellow-banded Tussock Moth! Still need to see the adults to know for sure, but these babs match the photo in the caterpillar guide perfectly!
October 15, 2018
Large and terrifying
Very cute, but wow those hairs all look like trouble!
October 20, 2018
Punk Hairstyles for the Distinguished Caterpillar
Arching his back… almost like he’s trying to maximize his chances of stinging somebody.
I can’t believe how OLD they are! They just keep growing and molting. I don’t know how big they get, but I believe they still have aways to go.
October 24, 2018