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PostT.C. on 2/19/2017, 11:32 am

Since spring is pretty much here, and during spring and summer I collect a lot of moths and butter flies, I am going to make this thread dedicated to all the caterpillars I catch from both. We are getting a way early spring, and I managed to find this guy yesterday.

Banded Wooly Bear caterpillar ( Pyrrharctia isabella)
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PostT.C. on 2/20/2017, 3:22 pm

I found another one and put them in this jar. I am hoping they make their cocoons in those tubes I made them. For a lot of my moths I use these. It's a 50/50 shot they will use these. I have had them use them several times before and it's very handy when they do. It provides good visibility, I can move them, and often if they make their cocoon in the grass I will get mold issues and have trouble removing it from the grass and sticks it attached its cocoon too.

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PostNathant on 2/20/2017, 6:26 pm

Here in MA, we find those Wollybears all the time in fall. Usually you will just randomly encounter them running across the sidewalk.
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PostT.C. on 2/21/2017, 9:04 am

Yeah, they are super common. I could find a lot more, but I really only like to observe this particular speciesb for a short time.
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PostNathant on 2/22/2017, 10:45 am

What are you feeding them?
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PostT.C. on 2/22/2017, 9:07 pm

@Nathant wrote:What are you feeding them?

Just, dandelion leaves, clover, grass etc.One of the easiest species to keep for sure.
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PostNathant on 2/23/2017, 7:12 pm

@T.C. wrote:
@Nathant wrote:What are you feeding them?

Just, dandelion leaves, clover, grass etc.One of the easiest species to keep for sure.

Cool. I may try my hands at keeping them when fall comes around.
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PostT.C. on 3/9/2017, 12:45 pm

For the first time of keeping these guys. They all died? The second one died first which I replaced with another one I found, and the two left died three days later. Humidy, and diet was good, so I am leaning more towards parasites is what killed them. So, I ended up throwing it all away to avoid any further damages to any of my other critters. However yesterday, I found this cocoon. I believe it's Pyrrharctia isabella as well. They overwinter as caterpillars, so I assume this was just made, or some other species. However I doubt that. We will see.

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PostT.C. on 4/26/2017, 7:09 pm

Found plenty of these guys. The pictures shown rae just showing a few of them I found.

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Postmothman27 on 5/2/2017, 5:49 am

These look more like milkweed tussock moths to me.

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PostT.C. on 5/2/2017, 9:24 am

After some research appears to be a virginia ctenucha moth.
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