Friday

The Most Beautiful Family

Meet the Jewel Caterpillars, a members of the moth family Dalceridae. They are native to North America with a few reaching as far south as the Arctic Circle. The caterpillars are not toxic, though it has been found that they deter predators simply by being too sticky to eat. They have been in the news recently because they are beautiful as larvae, but we should not forget about the amazing adults they turn into. There are 84 known species within Dalceridae. But, enough talking; it's time for pictures.

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