Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What's going on?

Oh, my goodness! I just went outside to hunt caterpillars for iNaturalist and found THIS! The past few days, we'd noticed some messes left by caterpillars on our outside walls but NOT like this! I suspect something's going on nature-wise, but I don't know what. In my 19 years of living in this house, I've never seen this phenomenon. One year, we had LOTS AND LOTS of forest tent caterpillars. But they didn't leave messes like this. There are several species involved, too. Stay tuned. I've got my feelers out.... Reminds me of the Gulf fritillaries several years ago that would melt and then die.


Thankfully, the stains DO come off with water! Thank you, James!


Regina Levoy said...

I wonder why the Gulf Fritillary cats "melted"' and died...I have seen that phenomenon before...A question for an entomologist!

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I wrote about the sick frits in other posts. Here’s one:

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