Having a bad day?

Just take a look at the Japanese emperor caterpillar! they’re sure to cheer you up! they’re happy to see anyone!

These guys really love to peek, and their cute horns make it all the more better!

Soon. they actually just mean that hugs are coming to you soon, there’s nothing to worry about~

They’re also very silly. 

What do you mean I can’t listen to leaf?

They’re also very little but still love meeting new friends!

Look at this tiny one, stepping into the world to start peeking!

Tiny peekers in training! they’re doing well.

Need I mention cat ears?

When you’re feeling sad, just think about these emperor caterpillars. they’d probably love to peek and see a pretty human with a smile on it’s face. 

vox.com
How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard
We can all contribute to conservation efforts — sometimes even from our own backyards.
By Zachary Crockett

via http://www.vox.com/2016/7/6/12098122/california-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly-population 

Tim Wong (Instagram: timtasti1c) <– go follow him, he has lots of beautiful photos including butterfly photos~!

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Dozens of scientists recently glued fake green caterpillars onto plants around the world in an unusual study to see how the caterpillars’ risk of getting eaten varied from pole to pole.

Any ant, slug, lizard, bird or beetle that attacked the soft clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks that were later analyzed by a lab in Finland.

It turns out the risk of being eaten was eight times higher at the equator than close to the poles, according to a newly published report in the journal Science.

“I mean, it sounds kind of like child’s play, I realize,” says researcher Liz Nichols of Swarthmore College. “But this kind of massive, simple, standardized technique is really powerful when you can implement it at a global scale in a really well-replicated way.”

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here’s What Happened

Photos: Chung Yun Tak and Tomas Roslin/Science

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Some last pics of the promethea caterpillars. I didn’t take as many of the luna caterpillars since I have like two years’ worth of photos of them, so…  I miiiiight be good. These guys behave exactly like luna cats except from one thing: they keep their faces squished into their leaves when they’re not eating them. Luna cats keep their heads poked up like little green prairie dogs. The caterpillar in the last pic is in the beginning stages of spinning a cocoon.

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I drove four hours to see a caterpillar. 

I had heard that Mother Neff State Park (which is halfway between Temple and Waco, TX) had cecropia moth caterpillars. These are the caterpillars of the largest native moth in North America (wingspans greater than 6 inches have been documented). And you know what you need to get a giant moth? A giant caterpillar. 

I only found one (hiding in the plum tree right outside the visitor’s center!), and a couple cocoons (bottom two photos), so it seems that I came just in time. Any later and this one would have been in a cocoon too. The fun part: the unripe plums in the tree were the same exact color and texture as the caterpillar (he felt like velvet!), so despite being enormous, they are very well camouflaged.

He was very shy. He kept pulling his little face into his rolls to hide. Everything about it was perfect. A highlight of my week, for sure. Even if I didn’t get home until 3 am!

June 10/11, 2017

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Yesterday’s caterpillars.
1-4) The three pipevine swallowtail caterpillars I saw in McDade
5) My second batch of io moth caterpillars molted for the second time
6-8) My first batch of io moth caterpillars also molted, for the third time
9) When I got back from McDade, I found a few tawny emperor escapees. I was gone too long and their leaves dried up. They always start escaping when they’re hungry.

June 3, 2017