Friday, October 17, 2008

More backyard finds--caterpillars

We have come across some interesting caterpillars crawling around our backyard this fall. This first one looks to be a banded tussock moth (Dasychira obliquata.) Here is what it looks like as an adult moth (not as aesthetically interesting.)

This critter is a polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus.) The moth this will eventually become is enormous! We will have to keep watch for them in the coming weeks. If I find this caterpillar again we may keep it until it metamorphoses.

It just looked to us as if it were Eric Carle's inspiration for his Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Jeanne said...

Hi Kris!

I found your blog from the MEP site - great maths, isn't it!

I too come from a medical background, so science is important - and much loved - in our homeschool too.

I look forward to have a good look at some of your older posts soon!

That caterpillar is gorgeous!


Kris said...

Thanks for stopping by! We are really loving MEP--I am so glad we have changed over to it.