One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Smartweed caterpillars are a month earlier this year than last year..... Acronicta oblinita
This is a pretty caterpillar, but you wouldn't believe how plain the moth is! Last year I photographed the caterpillars on native Smartweed but I've seen them more frequently on Cattails.
Last summer was a little cool and this summer is, was until yesterday anyway, a lot hot. Every insect stage seems to be accelerated. Last year I photographed these guys in the same place (near the Fern Valley Wet Meadow bridge) on September 28. These guys may be pupated and metamorphosed by September 28. Wow.