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First caterpillar of 2013 found


I don't know how I managed to overlook this caterpillar for so long. Over the last couple of weeks I have been checking the area where it was found for milkweed sprouts. Then on the 30th I found a large Variegated Fritillary caterpillar on this odd little weed that grows in the yard. I think that it is a native type of Flax. I'll have a photo to share once I get it posted.

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Oh cool......awesome find and neat if that 'weed' was a native. emoticon

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I'm pretty much convinced that my weed is a native. I've seen it growing in different parts of the yard every year. Now as promised here is my first caterpillar. Colorful isn't it?


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Wow.....that is gorgeous! I love the orange/black markings.♥

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They are quite exotic looking. Their chrysalis is gorgeous too. Here is an example from a previous year. They are pearlescent and metallic.


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WOW! I have never seen one that was so spectacular looking.
I love that......♥

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It is certainly the prettiest of the ones I've found around the yard. I did finally break the record for the smallest ones I've had. My mystery caterpillars form the smallest ones so far.

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Just read about them in the other topic.....LOL Good thing you noticed them!

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Well oddly enough it was my observation of the pupation of the caterpillars inside of the house that gave me a clue about something I'd seen outside a few days earlier. I was checking plants for caterpillars and found an odd looking little green critter that seemed to be in the middle of pupation. I left it alone and didn't think about it again until I saw what my indoor guys looked like when they started the pupation process. Of course I had to run outside to see if there was a chrysalis for me to find. There was, so I brought it inside too.

I discovered an unusual thing about this species. The caterpillars make little tents to hide in out of leaves. That wasn't the odd thing. They also pupate inside of the shelter which made it hard for me to know what was happening with them.

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Hmmmmm, 'pup tent' caterpillars! emoticon
Interesting to learn something new....sneaky little ones, are just going to surprise you at every turn!

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