Acronicta americana – growing up

You saw in this post what Acronicta americana eggs look like through development, and here are the first instars! Hungry little guys already skeletonizing a red maple leaf. Crazy how such plump little caterpillars came out of such colorful flat eggs… I wish I could have seen them actually hatching.

They started out greenish/whitish/purplish, with sparse long hairs. Hard to imagine these turning into the big white fuzzballs I know they become… but they’re on their way.

Today I noticed some were larger and more opaque. Still missing the characteristic dark tufts, I wonder when those will appear?And even displaying the classic Acronicta resting position!So far so good, I’m excited to watch them grow.

Posted on May 27, 2011, in Acronicta, Noctuidae. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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