Caterpillar Corner – Episode 3

Our Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillars are growing fast! (If you missed our first two episodes, check them out! Episode 1 and/or Episode 2.)

As the caterpillars age, they begin making themselves a little “bed” or “nest” of spun silk. This is slightly evident in the pictures below, as is the continued color change from brown to green.

We believe this is the oldest of the three caterpillars.

Another view of the oldest caterpillar.

This is the next oldest.

This is the youngest, about a day too young to spin himself a silk bed.

The older two caterpillars are turning much more green, and the baby will soon follow suit! I thought a progressive collage showing them as they age might make it easy to see their growth.

We’ll be back with another update in a few days. Thanks for following along!

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1 Response to Caterpillar Corner – Episode 3

  1. amy b. says:

    I know so little about caterpillar growth. I’ll look forward to seeing your updates.

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