Subject: Questionmark caterpillar photos for you
Location: Central MN
June 25, 2012 7:50 am
I see you have only one questionmark caterpillar photo. Here are a couple more.
Unfortunately, a tachinid fly parasitized this caterpillar, so no chrysalyis shots.
Signature: Don J
Thank you for sending us some additional photos of a Questionmark Caterpillar. They are greatly appreciated and a fine addition to our archives. It appears there is netting in one of your photos. Do you raise caterpillars in captivity? Do you have a photo of the Tachinid that emerged?
I’m glad you liked the photos. This caterpillar was on a hackberry tree in our yard, but yes, I did photograph her(?) on netting. The tachinid that emerged was still in larval form (as was another that came out of a monarch chrysalis at the same time. The little maggots mad me angry, so I threw them in the woods! They’re lucky I didn’t just smash them, or use them for fish bait (that thought occured to me too late).
Anyhow, yes, I do raise caterpillars – mostly monarchs, but others when I come across them. I especially like cecropia and polyphemous moths, but don’t have any yet this season.