Anybody like Caterpillars?

chickypoo

Songster
11 Years
Mar 13, 2008
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Colorado
I have found the last few ones of the season! I have three, one is in a chrysalis, one is getting ready for it and the other is still growing. They are nice little guys, quite, easy to keep and I am pretty sure they are a type of swallowtail.



Annie is on the left and Mini Me is on the right


This is Nick, he has been a chrysalis for about a day now. For some reason none of the sticks I gave him were good enough, he chose to change in an old egg carton.
 

swampducks

Overrun With Guineas
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
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Barton City, MI
I picked up a very fuzzy greenish-yellow one today with spikey black hairs in a couple spots and put him in a tree so he could avoid the chickens. Wonder what it will turn in to?
 

PineBurrowPeeps

Eye see you...
11 Years
May 17, 2008
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I adore caterpillars! My husband found an AWESOME one that we let go a couple of weeks ago, it was white with black spots and black hairs sticking up. I have never seen or heard of a black and white caterpillar before that!
 

chickypoo

Songster
11 Years
Mar 13, 2008
169
5
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Colorado
Well I did a little digging and found that they are either Eastern or Western Swallowtail Butterflies. Most likely they are western, I am a bit far for the easterns, but we'll see. I did read that sometimes they will turn into a chrysalis and over winter that way! I don't think I could wait that long, I hope they hatch!
 

happyhen

Songster
11 Years
May 8, 2008
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Northeastern Ohio
I have a soft spot for caterpillars too, even when I know they're just moths. I found a 3 inch long "woolly bear" this morning on the patio.

I moved him to the woodpile before the chickens found him!
 

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