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.
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.
Wow wouldn’t it be nice if I could post a video reblog on mobile?!
September 23, 2018
Big n’ fat
September 25, 2018
These were taken over the course of the past few days (time to retag these as “caterpillar laterposts”?), but as you can see, they are now LORGE. The last photo is a big fat baby molting again to become bigger and fatter.
On Monday, I’m bringing them to a school, where a class of VERY lucky 1st graders gets to MEET THEM and WATCH THEM POOP. Speaking of which, stay tuned because I have the action-gif of the poopening photo third from the bottom.
September 29, 2018
Polyphemus caterpillars: unanimously approved by 25 six-year-old humans
Yesterday, I brought four of the fatties to Cedar Creek Elementary school where they got to meet a class of 1st graders who are learning about insects. One of them was molting! One of them pooped, they were fat and eating and the kids LOVED them. They kept asking: “Are these REAL?!” You bet!!
I also brought the microscope and showed them some caterpillar faces! Photos above are from yesterday.