For science!

Here I am with some caterpillars (Acronicta impleta)… that I am about to start testing for chemical defenses by rubbing them on my arm. From a few reactions I’ve had, it seems there is one clade within the genus Acronicta which are chemically protected. I am still sporting a rash from a caterpillar I rubbed on my arm a week ago. For science!

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Posted on September 15, 2012, in Acronicta, Acronictinae, Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Noctuidae. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Brave you!!! 🙂 The caterpillars are so cute!! 🙂

  2. For Science and Humanity!

  3. Beautiful woman! And she collects insects… wish you lived by me!

  4. I am reading backward, so I saw the skin tests on your arm before I saw this… and I thought, “Ouch – NB: eyelid skin more sensitive than forearm skin.”

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