300. That is how many little Acronicta hastulifera caterpillars hatched this weekend (click here to see the mother). Actually, there were probably more than 300, but I stopped counting.
The big hatching event happened on Sunday. It’s a good thing I came into the lab, because by Monday they would have been dead without food. I then became incredibly nervous that I might not have given them the right host plant, but they have been producing a large amount of frass (poop). Hurray! I get so protective of my caterpillar babies. This is what they look like today:
They are going to become wonderfully fuzzy caterpillars as they grow. I can’t wait!
Posted on July 2, 2013, in Acronicta, Acronictinae, Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Noctuidae and tagged Acronicta caterpillars, Acronicta hastulifera, baby caterpillars, caterpillar eggs, first instars. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.