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Old Dec 17, 2007, 1:06 PM   #1
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Found one caterpillar of each, but never saw the adults, before or after. I was holding these in hopes I would get an adult, but it is too late now for this year.

1) Unidentified and untouchable Arctiid moth! (Head end on the left)
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2) Inchworm (unidentified Geometrid moth - head end down)
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3) One of the Sulfur butterflies (all their caterpillarsare green with a racing stripe down tne side)
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4) Giant Swallowtail. We had the adults, never found a caterpillar, but found one empty chrysalis.
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you have quite the cornicopia of insect life in your backyard penolta. that first one makes me itchy just looking at it.

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Neat looking set of bugs, that must mean you don't spray your backyard.:G
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Found one caterpillar of each, but never saw the adults, before or after. I was holding these in hopes I would get an adult, but it is too late now for this year.
Fantastic pictures. My favourites are 1 and 4 for their truly great composition and colour

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Super color, not something I see up here these days. Interesting subjects for sure, great work.
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Interesting shots, penolta. I do believe the identification of the various caterpillars and the Moths and Butterflies they become, is more daunting than bird ID. Which is challenging enough at times.
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Thanks all, for looking and for your kind comments.

Callicajun, you are correct - we don't spray. If we did there would be nothing to photograph - we just put up with the aphids.

Torgney, isn't it too cold up there right now for inchworms? Or is that a file picture?

VP, caterpillars really are challenging - there just aren't pictures enough out there to identify them conclusively - sometimes it ishard even to find the Family they belong to.

May the new year bring us all new and different subjects (or even more of the same)!
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