Nov. 16, 2007 1:15 p.m. P103x0104
These Polydamus first instars were part of eight found in our yard Nov. 16. Egg laying was seen Nov. 4.
Nov. 19, 2007 1:04 p.m. P103x0139
This one may be in its 4th day, judging by size of the pale spots.
Nov. 23, 2007 9:53 a.m. P103x0167
Here are two big ones and a little one. Day Eight again for older group.
Nov. 25, 2007 8:25 a.m. P1033x0193 Day Ten. This freshly molted baby has already had his head turn black. Note far three are only in their eighth day.
Nov. 28, 2007 9:28 a.m. P103x0204
Day 13. Leaving old skin. Face is fresh and still a dark orange.
Nov. 30, 2007 8:24 a.m. P103x0266
Day 15. All three of these have stripes.
Dec. 9, 2007 9:20 a.m. P103x0349
Day 24. Prolegs on this one are two-toned. Stripes have a lot of brown.
Dec. 15, 2007 9:16 a.m. P103x0397
Day 30. Gray inner stripes with white edges give a frosty look contrasting with black head, legs, and ground color.
Dec. 19, 2007 11:28 a.m. P103x0440
Day 34. This front view is probably the same individual as the preceding dark gray.
Nov. 18, 2007 8:18 a.m. P103x0115
More appear two days later.
Nov. 19, 2007 1:05 p.m. P103x0141
These three are fatter than leaf stems and must be in Day 4.
Nov. 23, 2007 9:54 a.m. P103x0169
Also Day Eight, note the difference in head size between an 8th day one and its sixth day sibling.
Nov. 25, 2007 8:25 a.m. P103x0195
Day 10, same two sizes.
Nov. 28, 2007 9:30 a.m. P03x0207
Day 13 - the first day any have their stripes.
Nov. 30, 2007 8:25 a.m. P1030268
These empty eggs were brought in the greenhouse Nov. 16.
Dec. 9, 2007 9:23 a.m. P103x0352
Day 24. Another fatso eats stem and all. Lots of tan in stripes and on prolegs.
Dec. 18, 2007 9:32 a.m. P103x0415 Day 33. This muted brown individual is looking for a place to pupate.
Dec.19, 2007 11:30 a.m. P103x0445
Day 34. Fat and still eating, this looks like the brown in number 415 seen walking around on Day 33.
Nov. 18, 2007 8:20 a.m. P103x0118
Two days later there are more tiny caterpillars. They are smaller than the leaf stems.
Nov. 21, 2007 3:18 p.m. P103x0150
These two are at day six. To the side may be a tiny discarded head capsule.
Nov. 24, 2007 2:05 p.m. P103x0179
On Day seven we see some variation in color among same age caterpillars.
Nov. 26, 2007 8:05 a.m. P1030198 Day 11.
Still no stripes are showing but he is eating well. This one is very red.
Nov.29, 2007 10:59a.m. P103x0222
Day 14. These unstriped ones are probably in the younger group (Day 12).
Dec. 2, 2007 10:21 a.m. P103x0279
Day 17. The nearest was frightened into showing his osmeterium. Three colors.
Dec. 9, 2007 10:30 a.m. P103x0359
Day 24. This healthy fellow has a slightly frosty gray-brown color with few contrasting tentacles.
Dec. 18, 2007 9:33 am. P103x0417
Day 33. Similar browns here are well defined in pattern.
Dec. 23, 2007 7:15 a.m. P103x0472
This one left his plant and has pupated early on Day 38 on paper toweling in the box.. The shed skin has not fallen yet.
Nov. 19, 2007 12:59 p.m. P103x0129
On Day 4 some are fatter than the leaf stems.
Nov. 21, 2007 3:20 p.m. P103x0154
Day six. These are the other five of the older seven.
Nov. 24, 2007 2:09 p.m. P103x0185
Still Day Nine--Still a huge size difference between 9th day and 7th day ages.
Nov. 26, 2007 8:07 a.m. P103x0201
Day 11 again. None of these are red and the amount of yellow varies.
Nov.29, 2007 10:02a.m. P103x0227
Day 14. This one was frightened into putting out his osmeterium.
Dec. 2, 2007 10:22 a.m. P103x0280
Day 17 The two more exposed caterpillars show their fright.
Dec. 13, 2007 3:39 p.m. P103x0377
At Day 28 this one retains detail.
Dec. 18, 2007 9:34 a.m. P103x0418
Day 33. This pale individual has more gray tones, not all browns.
Dec. 27, 2007 1:37 p.m. Pf03x0476
Day 42 (six weeks) this one pupates on its food plant. See next for other side.
Nov. 19, 2007 1:00 p.m. P103x0132
This looks like two four days old and three just two days old.
Nov. 23, 2007 9:51 a.m. P103x0165
Three of the younger six are here, now in their sixth day.
Nov. 25, 2007 8:24 a.m. P103x0192
Day Ten, we catch a molt going on as he leaves his old skin. Red head is a temporary color.
Nov. 26, 2007 8:08 a.m. P103x0202
Day 11 again. Light coloring seems to increase in brightness with size.
Nov. 29, 2007 11:05 a.m. P103x0230
Day 14. Stripes appear on two different sizes at once while others are still plain. The larger ones had no stripes until Day 13.
Dec. 8, 2007 8:39 a.m. P1030336
Day 23. Full grown caterpillar is eating well. Prolegs are mostly black, stripes have a lot of charcoal.
Dec. 15, 2007 9:15 a.m. P103x0396
Day 30. Interesting face detail.
Dec. 18, 2007 9:33 a.m. P103x0423
Day 33. Still another gray has darker tones.
Dec. 27, 2007 1:42 p.m. Pf03x0482
Day 42 (six weeks) this one pupates on its food plant. See last for other side.