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When is a Caterpillar not a Caterpillar? (400th Post)

When it’s a Sawfly.

Did you know that there is a primitive group of the hymenoptera  with free-living larvae that look very much like the caterpillars of the lepidoptera?   35 more words

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Inside and Outside the Tent

These days, my preferred camping style is a night spent at a B & B. Not so for the fall webworms that have erected tents in the black cherry tree by the corner of our house. 385 more words


Raising Caterpillars Project

After last year’s success with the elephant hawk moths, I’ve decided to continue with my project to raise caterpillars to adult moths/butterflies. This will basically involve finding and identifying caterpillars and looking after them in the shed over winter when they become chrysalises. 390 more words


Tenthredo notha (type of sawfly) (Coton NR)

A large lemon-yellow and black sawfly. Very similar to T. arcuata and T. brevicornis. The species are very difficult to separate without detailed examination. Where the image has not received expert verification, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box.

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Odd visitor to the garden

Every so often something in the natural world makes you stop and look twice.  Sometimes it turns out to be something pretty normal, other times it turns out to be a little more unusual.  152 more words