Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Caterpillar Season is Open
Eight-Spotted Forester, Alypia octomaculata.This is a day time flying moth that I occasionally see flying around. It's no where near as common as I'd like though and they don't seem to have a favorite flower either. The caterpillars are neat looking with orange stripes and big white hairs. Despite the warning colors though, they spend most of their time under the Concord Grape Vine leaves. When disturbed they abandon the host plant either by a silk safety line or out right diving off. When handled they wiggle about relentlessly and vomit a brown/green liquid.