butterfly babies

It seems every time we pick more parsley for the caterpillars, we also bring in a caterpillar or two. Or three. We’re up to 15 or 16. So some of the cats in the fish tank are very small and some are getting very large! I think we have every instar represented in the tank.

wide range of sizes

This afternoon, I watched two caterpillars molt their skin, which I had never been able to catch them doing before.

molting caterpillar

molting caterpillar

molting caterpillar

After they molt, they rest for a while, then turn around and eat the old skin.

molted caterpillar

Have you ever watched a caterpillar have lunch? They are eating machines! BTW, this video is in real time, no speeding up.

~~Rhonda 🙂

One Comment

  1. Posted September 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    OH MY GOODNESS! That caterpillar is going to town! I would have NEVER thought that they would eat that fast. (or that much)

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