Caterpillar Diary — September 27

In yesterday’s blog (Caterpillar Update) the red-spotted purple butterfly’s caterpillar had gone missing, and I found it on a different limb. This blog covers it’s activities for today.

The little caterpillar was attaching silk to the leaf in preparation for its hibernaculum.

It had eaten the design in the right side of the leaf for a reason, and was now starting to do the same on the left side.

Now it switched back up to add more silk at the base of the leaf. This will curl the leaf to the desired shape.

The little caterpillar took a break. I spent most of the day back and forth documenting its activities.

It took another break.  This little caterpillar was less than 1/2 inch long.

It was now about to cut the area up along the vein.

Almost done.

Next came a definite nap time.

The only way I could get this last shot was by flashlight.  Caterpillars work a lot at night, and its hibernaculum was finished the next morning.

That will be in my next blog tomorrow.

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Very interesting! This would be a wonderful instruction method for a teacher in a classroom. Thanks, Kathy!

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  2. You leave us all hanging on the edge of our seats. I’m going to have to return to see the next episode of this thrilling drama.

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  3. This is so cool. Can’t way to see what’s next.

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    • You’ll be amazed! I tried to tell you about them earlier in the season in a comment. They can be easy to find if you know what to look for. The white egg on the very tip of the leaf is easy to spot. Other stages are too. Just need the butterflies in the area, which we lacked this season.

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