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Mystery Caterpillars and Chrysalises

Mystery Caterpillars

These are probably mostly moth caterpillars.

Caterpillars, Little Scaly Mountain, NC, 8/17/04.  Granted, tent caterpillars take it to an extreme, but this is clearly a bad case of sibling rivalry. Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access, 6/23/05 Durham, 9/28/05


Tussock moth caterpillar, Penny's Bend, Durham County, NC, 8/23/05 North Charleston, SC, 3/26/06.  These were abundant in a clearing, feeding on a weed. Eno River State Park, Few's Ford access, Cox Mountain, Orange County, NC, 4/12/06 Durham, 9/10/06

Mystery Chrysalises

These, in turn, belong to butterfly pupae.  Because controlled burns at Penny's Bend keep the trees from growing to towering heights, we actually get to see chrysalises there.

Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 10/15/05 Same time and place Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 11/30/05


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