Time for a change of clothes

This great video was shot by my friend Sam Jaffe, expert caterpillar wrangler. He is spending his summer bringing caterpillars to farmers’ markets and science museums as entomology outreach for children. He specializes in the big ones, like this Hyalophora cecropia caterpillar. He managed to catch it as it was molting into the next instar:

He’s also an indefatigable moth hunter and finder-of-caterpillars-on-the-undersides-of-leaves. If you are in the northeast and want to see one of his shows, check out his facebook page: The Caterpillar Lab.

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Posted on July 10, 2013, in Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Saturniidae and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The moment when the head breaks free! Ecstatic.

  2. Cool video. I have wondered about what it looks like for insects as they move through the various instar phases.

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