Caterpillar Update

Baby Cap has reached his final instar, and is ready to pupate. He devoured an entire stalk of fennel in a few hours. Baby Moth molted last night, spurring a momentary ‘Wow, we have a third caterpillar – where’d he come from?!’ The fennel plant is also thriving, which is a relief after watching the first host plant wither up and die.

Here are some pictures of the growing buddies. Check out the pictures of Baby Cap’s fully developed osmeterium. My good friend Eric O’Rear came over yesterday, and got a kick out of agitating Baby Cap so his osmeterium popped up. It also emits an absolutely foul odor that stunk up my entire room. I’d like to get some better shots of it, but I hate to bother the poor little guy.

I’d like to take this time to remind everyone that when I found Baby Cap on the fennel plant, he was barely noticeable because he was so minuscule. He was as thin as a paperclip and not even the length of my smallest fingernail. Now he’s as fat as my fingers, and a good 2.5 inches long. Mother Nature is a fantastic force.


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Categories: Photography, Stories & Odes

Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

One Comment on “Caterpillar Update”

  1. July 8, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Great shots. Can’t wait for the next update.

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