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Advice From A Caterpillar
    #1095469 - 11/29/02 05:03 AM (14 years, 12 days ago)

I just wanted to post this pic of a caterpillar that I found in my backyard. It kinda reminded me of that caterpillar from Alice in wonderland. I dont know if you can tell from that picture but the thing was huge and it had metalic spots and markings on it, does anyone happen to know what species it is?



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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1095474 - 11/29/02 05:12 AM (14 years, 12 days ago)

what did you find it on?


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1095703 - 11/29/02 11:41 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Looks like a shit I had once...

You should give him a home and a name
how about "Sparky" ?


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1095896 - 11/29/02 01:21 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Sometimes I smell caterpillars assholes for kicks! :grin:
put that fucker in a terrarium with a stick and leaves!
I caught a bunch of these furry black ones and they hatched into some kind of moth that feeds on oak trees! (oops)
That one looks like it will hatch into a butterfly though.  I think it's getting close to the time to go to natural bridges and check out the monarchs.  They hang on eucalyptus branches in long lines and you can't tell at first they are butterflies until they move a bit.


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1095905 - 11/29/02 01:25 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Last time I picked up a caterpillar, it bit me. Now I just step on the fuckers.


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1095936 - 11/29/02 01:45 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I think it could be a Luna Moth caterpillar.


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1096084 - 11/29/02 02:54 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Wow that is cool. I dunno what species it is. Maybe GumbyDude is right. I'm researching right now! My Insect Field Guide doesn't help. I'm gonna search the web.


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Morphrying]
    #1096159 - 11/29/02 03:41 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

> I think it's getting close to the time to go to natural bridges and check out the monarchs. They hang on eucalyptus branches in long lines and you can't tell at first they are butterflies until they move a bit.

Yeah, that's a bitchin' place. We used to go there for feild trips when I was in gradeschool, and then we used to trip their when I was a teenager. Definitely a cool place to hang, and yeah, the butterflies -- millions and millions of them -- covering the eucalyptus till they look like just one solid mass -- like some kind of living tree bark! :cool:


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Gumby]
    #1096208 - 11/29/02 04:13 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I found it im my backyard just crawling across by lawn. I think your right it is a luna moth caterpillar.


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1096541 - 11/29/02 06:49 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Are those the kind that turn into giant ugly moths?


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1096764 - 11/29/02 08:41 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)


When looking at the caterpillars, they reach approximately 3.5 inches in length are green colored and they possess long setae, horns, armored knobs and some even have stinging spines. The anal plate of the caterpillar is heavily armored. As they mature enough to begin spinning their cocoon, the color of the caterpillar will change to a dark amber or burgundy color.


The cocoon of the luna moth is fairly flimsy. As the moth is ready to emerge (eclose) it hurls itself against one end of the cocoon and tears the silk with its hornlike projections near the base of the forewing. The moth will also secrete a substance called cocoonase that breaks down the sericin binding of the silk.


The Luna Moth normally emerges from its cocoon only during the mid morning hours and it takes approximately five minutes. Females can escape their cocoon through areas that are only 3/8 inch in diameter. Once out of their cocoon the moth will then have to climb and hang suspended from leaves, tree trunks, stems and various other plants while they ?inflate? their wings which at this time are less than an inch long. To complete this inflation, the Luna Moth will pump fluid into the veins of the soft, stubby wings. The inflation process takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. After that time, the moth will still need to continue hanging while its wings stiffen over the next several hours. This stiffening process will have to be competed before the Luna Moth can lift off and fly. It is interesting to note that females do not normally take flight until after they have mated and also that male Luna moths usually emerge from their cocoons up to two days before the females do.

edit-I'm not saying that's what it is though.


Edited by frogsheath (11/29/02 08:57 PM)


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1096813 - 11/29/02 09:13 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Why don't you put it in a terrarium with some plant matter found in the same yard and see if it metamorphasizes :grin: Then we will know what it is. 


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1096852 - 11/29/02 09:37 PM (14 years, 11 days ago)

I found a monarch catterpillar when I was a kid, and put it in a sliced open tennis ball(A great stash)...
Then my father and I put it in a small Kids terrarium, and it made a cocoon, and then a butterfly...I'll never forget those few weeks...
I highly recomend to everyone, to watch a catterpillar morph, at least once in your life time...
Maybe thats why I'm so into alice in wonderland now adays....


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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: moorhsum]
    #1100059 - 12/01/02 03:24 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

heres another one from the 'found in my back yard files' its a flying squirrel. I found it living in a hole in my tool shed.


awwww isnt it cute?



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Re: Advice From A Caterpillar [Re: Blu Spore]
    #1100433 - 12/01/02 07:01 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

:blush: :laugh: 

Here's some from my animal files: A velvet ant. 
 


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