Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week

A Palthis moth caterpillar.


There are two species that can be found in our yard, P. angulalis and P. asopialis. I do not know which this is. If you can ID it from these images please let me know in the comments!


I found this critter on top of one of the posts of our deck railing on March 3rd. The high temperature that day was 45° F, although it had been in the sixties just a few days prior. But the temps for the coming week would be in the thirties.

So I wonder how this little critter, and it is little, fared.


Hopefully, we'll see the moth it turned into when we fire up the moth light later this month.

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The moth this caterpillar will turn into has a very curious feature, as seen in the image below.

Image courtesy of Ann-Marie Woods

My friend Ann-Marie, and expert moth-er, shared this image, showing the scales the look like hair growing out of the moth's head. As she notes in the image comments, this structure is used for finding a mate. Which results in eggs. Which result in caterpillars. Which result in pictures. Which result in a blog post.

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You can find all of the Yard Critter of the Week posts here.

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