Sunday, October 22, 2017


In the Nursery Yard post I noted, "And this doesn't even include all he caterpillars we've seen!". Well, time to rectify that.

So, and without further ado, here are some of those that have visited our yard this year.

Clear Dagger Moth, Acronicta clarescens.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

Forest Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria.

Camouflaged Looper, Synchlora aerata.

Yellow-necked Caterpillars, Datana ministra.

Major Datana, Datana major. (There's a Catch-22 joke in there somewhere ...)

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

Brown-hooded Owlet, Cucullia convexipennis.

Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn
Image courtesy Patty Rehn

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar, Papilo troilus.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

Red-humped Caterpillar, Schizura concinna.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

Gypsy Moth, Lymantria dispar. (Not a welcome sight.)

I've no idea what species these might be. And as they hatched on our living room wall, (penny taped the wall to provide scale) they didn't get much bigger as we had no idea what the food plant might be. Very sad.

Fall Webworm, Hyphantria cunea.

Yellow Bear, Spilosoma virginica.

Monarch, Danaus plexippus.

Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.

While-marked Tussock Moth, Orgyia leucostigma.

Which decided our trashcan was a good place to cocoon (you can see it starting in the above image). For the time being we are using a different trashcan.

Yellow-striped Armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli.

American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis.

Tobacco Budworm, Heliothis virescens. This one is doomed as those little white thing are parasitic wasp eggs.

Haploa clymene.

Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar, Euchaetes egle.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

All of these are more proof that our yard is a good place to start a family.


Thanks to the Caterpillar Identification of North America group on Facebook for help identifying some of these caterpillars. Any remaining errors are mine.

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