We have previously written about one of my favorite caterpillars, the very social Eastern tent caterpillars. Although their webs drive my editor and other home owners crazy when they infest a favorite tree in the Prunus or Malus (apple) family, their community life and strategy for surviving cold weather are fascinating.
I received this from Kevin Firth as part of a series on uninvited larvae in the Butterfly House.
"Docents in the Butterfly House encounter a number of Eastern tent caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum), either brought in by guests or clawing on the netting. What we hardly ever see are the adult moth that those caterpillars are destined to become. To remedy that, Lindsay (his daughter) and I raised a few through pupation and we just had our first adult eclose yesterday. I have attached a few photos."
|M. americanum by Kevin Firth|
More pictures of various life stages are at fcps.edu/islandcreekes