August 27, 2010

You'll Never Walk Alone - Caterpillar Encounters at Great Meadows

Thanks to Sam Jaffe's guiding eye on our August 21st walk at Great Meadows, we discovered many caterpillars munching away at the foliage all around us.  Humbling to realize how much life teams around us as we take each step.  Here are some highlights...

Harvester butterfly caterpillars (Feniseca tarquinius) dining on wooly aphids (white) on alder branches
American dagger moth (Acronicta americana) feeding on maple in the GM parking lot
Silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) eating showy tick-trefoil leaves in parking lotion
Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) caterpillar wrapped in a sassafras leaf
Spicebush swallowtail, large 4th instar, bird dropping mimic
Yellow-shouldered slug caterpillar (Lithacodes fasciola)
Four-horned sphinx (Ceratomia amyntor) on elm
Waved sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa) on ash
Sam Jaffe, with a Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar, telling us stories about these marvelously transformational creatures.

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