Fat green robin chow
Location: Westford Massachusetts
October 10, 2010 6:07 pm
Hello Bugman… found you on a Google search for ”green caterpillar”. Great site!
I’m curious about the fat green ’pillar that turned into fast-growing robin feathers in my apple tree this summer. Tobacco worm? Luna moth? or ….??
Signature: Suzanne Niles aka Frogshooter
We can’t really make out what this caterpillar is for certain, but it does not look like a Hornworm or a Saturniid. Our best guess is some species of Cutworm or other Owlet Caterpillar. Even though we couldn’t be certain with your identification, we are in awe at this awesome photograph.
Wow… thanks for the quick reply! … and for the kind words about the photo. So the delicacy will remain “The Fat Green Thing”.
I staked out this nest right outside my back door, about 10 feet away from the apple tree. Trimmed a few twigs/leaves to clear a “window”, then sat on a stool with a tripod and my new fast camera set at two shots per second… and waited for feeding time, which was about every 10 minutes. Guaranteed results! Worms, bugs, and berries arrived, but this green thing took the beauty prize for meals-on-wings.
Thanks again! Now I can stop Googling-for-greenies.