Flutterbys at Dahlem

We are over-run with caterpillars!

The cecropia moth caterpillars that we received a week or so ago are growing VERY quickly.  Gary brought this one in to my office this afternoon – shedding.  It’s now in it’s third instar, in other words, it has molted twice so far.

Last Friday evening while walking the dog I stopped on a whim to check one of the milkweed plants along the road’s edge, and there was this very, very tiny monarch caterpillar – it was maybe a quarter inch long at the most.  It’s now at work where we can watch its progress.  Already it is more than twice the size it was on Friday.

These four eggs were also on the milkweed plant.  They aren’t monarch eggs, so we did some research and we believe they are eggs from a leaf-footed bug.  They are now in their own jar here at work and we will see what hatches out.

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About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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