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Up close to a Monarch caterpillar munching on a milkweed leaf: I went butterflying a few days back at a place well known for a rare butterfly. I didn't see any of them, or many adult butterflies at all - it was a cool, windy, overcast day. The find of the day was caterpillars -…
Caterpillars have more than twice as many muscles as humans do.
Caterpillars have more than twice as many muscles as humans do. Some species of caterpillar have 4,000 muscles in their body. Compare that to the human muscular system, which is made up of only 639....
the pace of nature
Acronicta funeralis The Delaware native paddle caterpillar above also employs it's adornments for defense against parasitoids. When touched, the caterpillar thrashes its head from side to side, sending the 'paddles' flailing wildly - a formidable challenge for a small wasp. Instead of stinging, the caterpillar (larva of the funerary dagger moth) hides out during the day doing its best impression of bird poop.