I See Where You Get Your Good Looks
The other day I spotted these ornate caterpillars while I was weeding the garden.
I was able to find out that they are the larvae of the Common Buckeye, which seems apt, because I have seen a greater number of those than usual this year. They can’t survive freezing temperatures, and they must have benefited from our mild winter. Here is one that I saw back on January 18 — maybe a parent of these two beautiful caterpillars!
Not all caterpillars are as gorgeous as they will be in butterfly form — many of the larva in the skipper family are nondescript smooth green blobs, and Giant Swallowtail larva look like bird droppings. But this is one case where both stages are equally intricate and interesting.