Saturday, October 07, 2006

caterpillars everywhere!

we've been taken over by caterpillars here. they are EVERYWHERE!!! in some places, they are so bad that farmers are having to spray their fields to keep them from eating all the soybean leaves. other places, so many caterpillars were squished while crossing the road that the highway looks a different color.

at our house, it's not a problem but more of an adventure for raven. she loves to see how many caterpillars she can find and put on herself to come and show me. she's very careful in handling them and then takes them all back outside to the porch/flower garden so they can "go back to their mommies" when she lets them go.

i'm wondering -- what type of caterpillars/butterflies-to-be are these? should i be expecting to be bombarded with a certain type butterfly soon?

also, is there some old folk wisdom, wives' tale, or native/nature relation between how many of these there are compared to what kind of weather we've had or will have?

any help would be appreciated. if anyone wants up-close pictures of some of these to draw, i can send you full-resolution photos from a 7.2 megapixel camera if you want to have big pictures to look at. just send me a request by email and i'll send them to your email.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

I believe those are wooly bear caterpillars:
http://www.all-creatures.org/pica/glf-woollybear.html

HTH!

Sat Oct 07, 10:37:00 AM CDT  
Blogger jill said...

after jennifer's post of what the caterpillars might be, i went back outside to inspect some more closely and found that none of them are two-toned -- but all one color and a variety of colors ranging from tan to orange to brown to black. so maybe these are something different than the woolly caterpillars?

Sat Oct 07, 11:13:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Sandy Rivkin said...

Most likely it is the Yellow woolly bear caterpillar, spilosoma virginica, not the usual black & redish brown one.
-Sandy

Sat Oct 07, 11:26:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Lin said...

OH MY GOSH!!! THERE'S SO MANY OF THEM -- BUT THEY LOOK SO CUTE ...

Sat Oct 07, 04:38:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

Do you have a lot of oak trees around. I remember when my son came into the house with a baseball cap full, and wanted to keep them in his room. Quite a sight, but a good science lesson.

Sat Oct 07, 06:13:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Toni said...

Jill try these sites for care and indentification.

http://www3.islandtelecom.com/~oehlkew/arctiidaecare.htm

http://www3.islandtelecom.com/~oehlkew/ssvirgin.htm

Sun Oct 08, 07:40:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Susan said...

I enjoyed seeing the photo of all the woolly caterpillars. Once I saw a huge influx of those at The Santa Barbara Zoo

Sat Mar 10, 05:56:00 PM CST  

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