Duties of a zoo keeper incl
ude identify any life stage changes. In other words, looking for larvae changing from a caterpillar to pupa. Additionally, we clean out all the frass
from each bag!
It is amazing on how much these little guys excrete.
This morning, I woke up and checked on the first caterpillar I
had found. I panicked because I noticed it was not moving a
nd had a small amount of white fuzzy stuff. I quickly called one of the other ecologist, Mark Fox, over and asked what he thought was going on. He said, to my surprise, that it was pupating! Over the day, he progressed further. I cannot remove him to take a clear picture, but this is the same caterpillar attached to the side of the bag. At this time, it is nearly enclosed in a cocoon and barely visible. It was amazi
ng to witness the progress as the day went on.
Challenge: Can you identify the caterpillar above? Post your answer in the comments after conducting your research.
What do you think is in the bottom of this bag? Hint:
Think of a new scientific term you recently learned about! :o)
First Day Jitters-Me preparing for the first day in the field posing in front of the bunkhouse. Stylish, I might add!