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Shiny orange-spiked and red-headed brown Polydamas Caterpillar

Explore Sep 23, 2009 #15

 

Excited, my friend Judy told me she had Polydamus caterpillars hatching in her yard. So early one morning I drove over to see them.

 

Finding her house was one thing but finding these tiny caterpillars in her lush backyard was quite another!

 

She and my husband had a cell phone issue they needed to focus on. So she turned and quickly told me how to find them. " Listen carefully and you can hear them munching!" Dumbfounded I followed her instructions. And my ears took me right to them... orange spikes and all! I could hear them munching, gingerly biting off the crisp edges of the large wandering, viny Aristolochia vine they will be growing up on!

 

So next time you're looking for a Polydamus caterpillar... if ever you do... remember to listen carefully!

 

Check out this video of this caterpillar eating... and eating... and eating!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dryUAicVSEQ

 

Here is one of it laying eggs...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_A-v-9BQlo

 

And here is a caterpillar transforming into a cocoon.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4iWSMxlFFQ&feature=related

 

Polydamas caterpillar on Aristolochia vine

Biscayne Park FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

For more, see my set Lubbers, Butterflies and Bees.

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Taken on July 18, 2009