Need to ID a fat green caterpillar for kid's project!
kmoon at ucla.edu
Fri Sep 17 12:08:54 EDT 1999
> Omygosh! You're right; I didn't give you any geography to work with;
> sorry! We're in Tulsa, OK.
> We have been quite careful not to handle the specimen except by letting
> it crawl onto things. Unfortunately, the project calls for it to be
> deceased, so we can't find out what it likes to eat by trial and error,
> for example. (My son is bringing it to school today.) It also had begun
> to weave itself a 'hammock' (not a pupa case YET), so we felt we needed
> to hurry before the specimen became suddenly harder to handle and
> identify. The project description called for it to be frozen as a
> method of execution, then soft-bodied insects such as itself to be
> preserved in a jar of alcohol.
> After a careful reading of the instructions, it turns out that the
> identification is not *essential* to the project; just enhances the
> educational content. So this will give me time to go try to look this
> one up. Nonetheless, if you think you know what it is, I would
> appreciate the hint!
I wish I could accomodate you better. A couple suggestions, however: 1/
take a picture of it and post it to your website or to the
alt.binaries.pictures.animals newsgroup (not to this newsgroup because
several readers here are adamant that no graphics be posted here -- and
*I* am not in favor of people getting flamed for trying to do something
nice for their kids...); 2/ take it to your local natural history museum
or university entomology department; either one should have someone
around capable of identifying it for you, or at least helping you
identify it. Failing that, the local county agricultural commissioner's
By the way, I was thinking it might be a sphinx moth caterpillar, but a
"hammock" does not seem to fit (I don't know any that pupate that way);
maqybe it is a saturniid (= a giant silkmoth) of some kind.
> Thanks for your reply!
Pierre A Plauzoles
sphinxangelorum at bigfoot.com
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