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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Caterpillar Lab

Is it a monkey? Is it a slug? No! It's a monkey slug caterpillar! These strange beasts must surely be one of the most outlandish of all New England caterpillars. Finding one crawling down a driveway in Maine as a child I was stumped. What was this thing in front of me? Plant? Animal? Fungus? Slug caterpillars are weird to begin with, but with its twisted, hairy, balloon tentacles and stop and go crawl, Phobetron are in a class of their own. Believe it or not, most people don't know that the surprising slug caterpillars of the family Limacodidae even exist, and that they are backyard caterpillars the world around! I hope you will all share this video (and videos to come) widely so we can make this week "Slug Caterpillar Awareness Week"... or month...

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