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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Caterpillars of NBNC (part 4)

Fall may officially be here, but that doesn't mean it's too late to search for insects!  A group of 2nd graders from Barre Town had spectacular success in a quest for bugs at NBNC this past Tuesday, turning up around ten types of caterpillars (along with a host of other amazing insects).  Here were some of the highlights:

We found tons of fuzzy Wooly Bear caterpillars during the morning's foray, but only one Impressed Dagger Moth!

It has been over a year since we've found the Henry's Marsh Moth caterpillar at NBNC, so it was a welcomed sight on Tuesday!  It's amazing what you can find with lots of eyes searching!

The Brown-hooded Owlet was also featured in part 3 of NBNC's caterpillars, but is too beautiful not to mention again!  It is no wonder that this caterpillar is on the cover of the field guide "Caterpillars of Eastern North America."  It was a sure favorite!

The Black Swallowtail is a common species at NBNC, feeding on members of the carrot family.  It was featured in our very first caterpillar post, but we decided to feature it again because of this individual's unusual coloration.  Check out Caterpillars of NBNC part 1 to see what they usually look like here.

The Black Arches caterpillar may have been the day's rarest find.  Some consider the species to be uncommon and this is the first time we've found it at NBNC!

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