Eight spotted forester caterpillar
you can see by the ruler the size
it was hard to get a really good photo in focus
it was so teensy weensy...May 23,2012
here it is May 27, 2012,
forgot to add the ruler,but much larger
and again June 1, 2012 at over 4cm
give or take since it was a bit uncooperative and
preferring to be left alone since it isn't eating
anymore and preparing to cocoon?
then back in the netted container
after a good cleaning of frass and
adding fresh grape leaves and virginia creeper.
looking forward to hopefully sharing some
June 2,2012~cat began acting strangely, not eating and apparently looking for a "way out" of this netting...I looked up eight spotted foresters to see the pupal stages and evidently they eat til they are done eating, then fall to the ground and burrow into old rotted wood to pupate and they overwinter there...I don't have the set up for that, didn't want to lose the worm, so I put him on some lovely grape vine near virginia creeper in case he wanted to eat a bit more and hoping to see "this guy" next year...