A throw back from my time in Manu, Peru. We started a caterpillar study just before I left, attempting to create a guide, one night a volunteer came up to me.
“There’s loads of caterpillars by the hammocks.” and immediately I said “Show me!” in a weird tone between Batman and an excited 4 year old, because as everyone eventually learns about me… I’m a caterpillar girl!

I did not expect these guys! They are beautiful! I went to check the next morning and found nothing until I looked at the mass of dead leaves in the middle of the palm. I pulled it apart, heard the distinctive noise of silk gently ripping and loads of tiny brown heads! Sleeping off the hot day! :) That poor palm didn’t stand a chance!

I’m not sure on the species. If anyone knows please do let me know.  :)

@giantleopardmoth @thelepidopteragirl @underthehedge

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~!

The fluffy caterpillars of the family Megalopygidae,  also collectively known as Flannel Moths. Native to Peru and the New World Tropics, hidden beneath the soft hairs are poisonous spines. If they are handled the spines may break, releasing a chemical which causes excruciating pain, and will also pierce the skin. It can also cause an extreme allergic reaction resulting in rashes, blisters, inflammation, and breathing difficulty. 


Weezbo assembled a fantastic collection of macro photos taken by Indonesian photographer Nordin Seruyan (previously featured here) in his back garden in Borneo, Indonesia. His backyard appears to be a veritable wonderland of beautiful mantises, dragonflies, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, ladybugs and other insects.

Head over to Weezbo to view even more.


photos by samuel jaffe showcasing the diversity of massachusetts’ caterpillars. notes samuel, “my goal is to share all the secrets i have gathered about our local environments and about the value of our backyard ecosystems. i hope to show people that we do not need to look to far away places to find the beauty of nature. nature is all around us, under our feet, and in our daily lives.” 

(click pic for species. note the defensive false eyes in the first, third and fifth photos. related posts: the emerald moth caterpillar and the pink underwing moth caterpillar)


Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters were pioneers of natural history illustration and entomology. Among other achievements, at age 52 Maria Sibylla sold most of her belongings and set sail for the Dutch colony of Suriname to study its insects. That was in 1699.

Mulberries, caterpillars, and moths, Maria Sibylla Merian, in De Europische insecten (European Insects), 1730. The Getty Research Institute