Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Tussock Moth Pillar That Ate New Hampshire

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. ~Bill Vaughan

In Pillar Place: Monarch we released two more butterflies yesterday (both males -- see how thin the black lines on their wings are?). Meet....

Pi:



and Rho:


Omincron will most likely hatch today, and then we'll have a wait for the other mass of pillars-now-pupae that did their thing yesterday.

I was absolutely blown away by the sheer numbers of Milkweed Tussock Moth pillars we found yesterday, and had to take a picture. Unfortunately, I'm still only able to use my cell and it kept wanting to focus on the scene behind the pillars. Here's what I got.

Mass #1 -- these guys only just shed their "baby" skin (which is a pale yellow and not nearly as fuzzy) and are hanging on to the stripped milkweed leaves for dear life:




Here's another batch of slightly older ones we found under a leaf -- as they grow, they become more solitary:


And here is a batch of babies .... I wish you could see them better. I really need a new camera:



That's what we think our little orange eggs are going to turn into... good thing they're cute, or we'd be a little freaked out by the sheer numbers.

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You Are Complicated



You have many sides to your personality. You aren't exactly the easiest person to figure out.

You are quirky and apt to contradict yourself. You are constantly evolving and changing.

You have a unique take on life, and unlike most people, you're not too optimistic or pessimistic.

You appreciate novelty and uniqueness. Most of your favorite things are acquired tastes.



About 50/50 ....

4 comments:

Dru said...

wow, I never seen lots pillars before. Cool! Thanks for sharing.

Have a good Thursday.

MaryC said...

Amazing. See what I miss living in the city.

Not sure why picking chocolate makes me rebellious, but so be it.

Happy Thursday

Liz Fichera said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!

Brandy said...

I think your Tussock Moth Caterpillars are cute, too. BUT, the sheer mass of them is a bit freakish and daunting.
Your butterfly's are gorgeous, thank you for sharing the pictures.

I hope you're feeling back to normal today and are having a nice day!