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. 

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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

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~!

My new caterpillar babies are being temperamental about food plants. I can’t tell if they’re on hunger strike or changing instar right now, I hope for the latter. You’d think if the native food plant is Nettle they’d be like “yeah boi” but it looks like they were started on Elm which I cannot find. 

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