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Courting Caterpillars

by Bryan on October 18th, 2011

They are signposts of a slow pace afoot in the woods. Ease your step, calm your gaze — the rewards move on stubby prolegs, an outrageous theater of fuzz and spikes, of skin like painted porcelain. The vast, vast majority of them crawl and curl hidden from us, yet not from the wasp’s ovipositor or the bird’s beak. If only our eyes were as keen for them. This was a fine summer for caterpillars. Here are a few moths whose paths I crossed.

Hickory Tussock Moth (Lophocampa caryae)

Spotted Tussock Moth (Lophocampa maculata)

White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

Spiny Oak-Slug Moth (Euclea delphinii)

Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

Brown-hooded Owlet (Cucullia convexipennis)

Black-etched Prominent (Cerura scitiscripta)

Isabella Tiger Moth (Wolly Bear) (Pyrrharctia isabella)







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