I have recently been in New Jersey, US, catching some bats. I will post more about the bats soon, but for now, I present two caterpillars. One is well-known and strikingly beautiful, while the other is something out of an Alien movie that I will probably never figure out.
First up, a favorite of all insect aficionados, the Saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) although a search for Sibene stimulea should find you the same animal (we all just love re-classifications of things). Here is a beautiful specimen, merely a half-inch long, hosting an array of highly venomous spears. And yes, these spikes are venomous even to human-sized things, and you would do well not to get one of these down the back of your shirt when out hiking. But what a grand looking animal.
And in a rare bit on the Blog, I give it a second photo to show the eye spots on the right. So, without leaving this site, can you honestly say whether its head is on the left or the right?
9/14/2013 12:42:28 am
These photos are amazing! How did you ever find these beauties? All I can say is WOW!
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Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist