Red Honeysuckle Visitors

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Red honeysuckle attracts more than hummingbirds.

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It attracts spiders, like this young garden spider,

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and this daddy-longlegs that looks tucked in a safe place for the night.

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 Green caterpillars blend in well with all the greens. It’s a caterpillar of the snowberry clearwing, a day-flying moth that mimics bumblebees.

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Caterpillars breath through spiracles, the black “spots” along its side. Its actual legs are the three black pairs by the head.

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Three pairs of prolegs  occur in the middle of the body. The “hairs” on each are called crochets which help the caterpillar to hold on.

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 A smaller caterpillar dined in the evening. 

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The snowberry clearwing moth. 


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on July 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Your photos never cease to amaze me.


  2. Wonderful shots. I especially enjoyed the caterpillar images (and hope I get to see a clearwing moth some day).


  3. What strange names for caterpillar parts!


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