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Colorful [May. 23rd, 2005|11:40 pm]
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When I was a kid, I found a green caterpillar with short stalks in rows running up its back. The top of each stalk had short black hairs around it and a beautiful colored dot in the center. I named it Colorful and promptly lost it in the house. I was sad for a few days until we found a large cocoon on the underside of one of our kitchen chairs. I kept it in a jar until a large butterfly emerged and I let it go.

As a grown-up, I began to doubt my memory of how incredibly cool and colorful the caterpillar was. But today, in the Austin American Statesman, there was a picture of the same type of caterpillar Colorful was.  It's the vertical caterpillar. It is sooo cool looking! According to the paper, it's a cecropia caterpillar.



The Statesman has more cool caterpillar pictures here.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2005-05-24 06:25 pm (UTC)

cool photos

You are a budding entomologist. First pics of grubs and now caterpillars. Grubs are more tasty but the texture of the cecropia is to die for.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2005-05-24 06:32 pm (UTC)

I remember Colorful

Didn't we have cool nice parents? I'm still curious like that and I still enjoy all that nature stuff more than just about anything. Remember when we let the praying mantis eggs hatch out on the porch and there were thousands of babies and they all ate each other?
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2005-05-24 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: I remember Colorful

That kind of weirded me out. I understood the real world a different way after that.

Our folks were really cool.
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[User Picture]From: amysn
2005-06-05 11:55 am (UTC)
A little late, but I've been meaning to tell you that I really like this photo. Love the caterpillars, the colors and detail and the shape they create together. Only wish the background was more out of focus so that the caterpillars and their symmetry pop out more.
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