Category: caterpillar

nanonaturalist: In celebration of my HAVING I…

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In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

More Walnut Sphinx!

The video was from the day he starting digging his pupation hole, so you can’t see his cute little face. Here he is before he turned into a mud-covered piggy:

Triangle face!

A little dirty…

Breaded and ready to cook! (In his pupa)

The adults are BEAUTIFUL little sphinxes:

October 18, 2018

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, …

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

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October 7, 2018

Those proleg suckers are STRONK

It’s seriously difficult to extricate one of these faterpillars from your finger if you have to handle them, as I found out when I adopted some this summer.

Nature’s velcro! I have been late for work on many occasions because FEETS will NOT let GO!!!

caterpillar-gifs: Snowberry Clearwing caterpi…

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Snowberry Clearwing caterpillar making a cocoon

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Look

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October 7, 2018

botanyshitposts: not plant related I know but…

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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

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Inktober: Day 2

Day 2 Prompt: Caterpillar

Geometridae, loosely inspired by this babe [iNat link]

Have you ever looked at an inchworm? And I mean, really looked at one? How can you look at one and not see the weirdest sauropod ever????

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October 3, 2018 (still lying!!)

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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

Newborn Alert!

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

Molting underway!

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

Important

Big n’ fat

September 25, 2018

Absolute Units

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.

And today?

They grow. Larger and larger!

October 2, 2018

six-legs-and-more: Inktober Day 2: Caterpilla…

six-legs-and-more:

Inktober Day 2: Caterpillar

My prompt list

Any guesses on what kind of caterpillar this i…

Any guesses on what kind of caterpillar this is? It’s on my car so I’d like to put it somewhere it can eat something it likes. ;u;