Caterpillars-Contemplating Their Transformative Nature


I live in eastern Pennsylvania and like millions of others along the eastern coast of the United States we are in a deep freeze. The sun is shining through the skylight but the warmth is deceiving. Just tried to drive to a local winery, the back roads were drifted over thanks to wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour. I need a warm weather connection! So enjoy with me one of the most transformative creatures – caterpillars!

All the beauties you see here have called the gardens their home before transforming and flying away…

Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill
Black Swallowtail caterpillar on dill plant
Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar
Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar
Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar
Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar
Silver-spotted Skipper Caterpillars on Harry Lauder Walking Stick
Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars on Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
White marked Tussock moth caterpillar
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar
Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars
Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars
Saddleback Moth Caterpillar
Saddleback moth caterpillar next to acorn caps
Tussock Moth Caterpillar 2
Tussock moth caterpillar
Saddleback Caterpillar
Juvenile Saddleback caterpillars on native Spicebush
Woolly Bear Caterpillar
Wooly Bear caterpillar
Monarch Caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
Pale Tussock moth caterpillar
Pale Tussock moth caterpillar
Butternut Wooly Moth Caterpillar
Butternut Wooly moth caterpillar


19 thoughts on “Caterpillars-Contemplating Their Transformative Nature

  1. Bonnie, these are absolutely amazing photographs. I was sincerely mesmerized by each image. I stared at the screen so hard, I’m surprised I didn’t somehow will myself to defy the laws of physics and get absorbed into the picture. Please share with me if you devoted many hours poised in place waiting for the perfect shot? Thank you so much for gifting us with your art.

  2. I smiled while reading your post. Just hours ago I drove through the coastal range in California from Morro Bay the Bakersfield, CA. Such a contrast. I wore a lightweight fishing shirt, shorts and flip flops! In the hills the Caigornia Poppies were blooming and in the central valley the almond trees are near full bloom! The hills were verdant, not the brown that has plagued California the past few years.

  3. The silver spotted skipper caterpillars are actually sawfly larvae. Don’t know the species. Your “tussock moth caterpillar” caterpillar is a pale tiger moth. Your “Pale tussock moth caterpillar” is a hickory tiger moth. Love the milkweed tigers picture. They are my favorite. I planted passionflower for variegated frits maybe ten years ago but they still have not found me. 😦

    1. This post was before I retired and became a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. At that time I tried my best . Thank you for your help.

      On Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 6:36 PM The Iris and the Lily wrote:


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