Really cute caterpillars
Last Summer, in my yard, I found a large yellow and brown moth. It was being bullied (stung) over and over by a yellowjacket. I killed the bee and scooped up the moth and brought it onto my back porch. I put “her” into my butterfly keeper from pre-school and left her on my back porch with a mixture of sugarwater for butterflies, lots of leaves, some dirt and a shallow bit of water. Much to my surprise she began to lay tiny little yellow eggs. She died soon after. I felt so sad for her. Not knowing any better, I thought the little eggs would stay eggs till the next season. Boy was I excited and covered up in tiny little caterpillars one day! I put them outside in hopes they would find whatever they needed. These are the pictures I took of them. I could see each tiny life inside each tiny egg! It was so beautiful! Thank you for such a wonderful web site!
BugGuide has an excellent example of the life cycle of the Imperial Moth. We are happy to get your images of newly hatched Imperial Moth Caterpillars. .