Green Life, Black Death

Over the past week, I have seen lots of changes. I spotted another caterpillar out front. The two outdoor caterpillars seemed vivacious. I feel that they were more lively than their indoor friends. It makes me wonder if I am doing a disservice to the indoor caterpillars. Although the indoor caterpillars have their needs met,Continue reading “Green Life, Black Death”

Three Indoors, Two Outdoors

The smallest caterpillar just completed a molt. This period between molts is called an instar.  The medium caterpillar is eating milkweed and gaining size. The largest caterpillar has become plump.  I think that she may pupate soon! Outdoors, the curled caterpillar became a chrysalis.  He is hanging beneath a milkweed leaf on the Hellstrip. And,Continue reading “Three Indoors, Two Outdoors”

Spicebush Sorrow Tale

I check the Spicebush leaves for signs of Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars. These caterpillars are builders! They fold over leaves and bind them with silk. This year, I spotted two Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars. Last year, I brought caterpillars indoors and enjoyed watching their transformation. They start off as a brownish color. Then, they grow much largerContinue reading “Spicebush Sorrow Tale”