Pile of caterpillars
Here are my Acronicta afflicta… remember how they looked way back when? It was only May 31 that they were reaching the second instar… now they’re in their fourth and fifth, and looking quite different. The first few instars only last a few days each, but they’re slowing down now.
The afflicta are quite variable – I am observing many colors and shades among my approximately three dozen caterpillars. Some are more yellow, or more striped, or brown, or gray, or pink… bright yellow spines or more orangey brown… what fun!
Do you want to see one up close?
Why of course you do:
I am becoming incredibly inspired by my caterpillars. They have such interesting behaviors, beautiful colors and patterns, and of course they are all adorable. And luckily those spikes are all for show (well, at least insofar as they do not deliver venom) so it’s ok if I snuggle them a little bit. I… uh… well… I would if they were bigger! I think I should make some plushies modeled after Acronicta species.