Fuzzy babies

Lots of fuzzy baby caterpillars here in the lab. Right now these two species look pretty similar, but the differences will start accumulating in the next few instars. Currently they are less than a week old. The first two photos are the babies from this post!


Acronicta hastulifera, second instar


Acronicta hastulifera, second instars


Acronicta americana, second instars (and molting into third)

Posted on July 10, 2013, in Acronicta, Acronictinae, Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Noctuidae and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Cute ones!! 🙂 I like your job very much. It is awesome to be in touch with live creatures, even though they must take a lot of time of cleaning and feeding! 🙂 Cant wait to see more pictures!

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  7. I just found a baby caterpillar in my cats outside food bowl. At first glance of the adult caterpillar this one looks just like it. Except for a polar dots. The one I have in front of me has two symmetrical rows of poka dots on it’s back. Everything about the caterpillars in the pictures and the caterpillar I have in front of me is the same except for the polka dots.

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