Caterpillars

My Blue and Black Tale

My Blue and Black Tale

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive My schoolteacher had explained to us that swallowtail butterfly caterpillars like carrot plants. Since I had a row of carrots in my garden, I thought I’d...

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

Photo © JjGouin/Dreamstime.com. I guess it started when a lady said she had a monarch caterpillar for us along with some milkweed to feed it. Although we didn’t know if it would turn out to be a he...

Mr. Spicebush

Mr. Spicebush

A close up of a 5th instar spicebush swallowtail caterpillar. Photo © iStock.com. The orange caterpillar inched along the stick. Every so often he paused to wave his head, looking around carefully...