Yesterday morning Vince found some “weird” caterpillars in the elderberry bushes. We found three but last night, there were a few more. We did a little research and found that they are crecopia caterpillars and while not endangered, it is not real common to see them.
Aren’t they beautiful? They will eventually end up being crecopia moths, which are the largest moths in North America.
If you’re interested in learning more about these beautiful caterpillars/moths, there’s lots of info on the internet. This site is one I found very interesting as far as the life cycle.
The man who’s doing the native landscaping for us had told us that we’d see all kinds of interesting insects once the native plants begin maturing and no pesticides are being used in our yard. Whether these moths are here because of what we’re doing/not doing, I have no idea, but we do have elderberries, which are natives.
I sent him a text and a picture to show him what we found and got this response:
Vince asked me if he was excited and I said . . seems that he was.
I hope they will spin their cocoons here so we can watch them.