Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Caterpillar in the Mist

This fine specimen was discovered by Eric on Friday while weeding in the garden. Earlier in the week, my sons and I stocked up with identification books at Vroman's. My eldest son voiced his desire to know the names of the insects in the yard. Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, our strictly amateur i.d. guess is the caterpillar of the White-lined Sphinx moth (we are open to suggestions).

Field guides offer endless hours of exploration in our house. We enjoy the process of identification and learning more about the small critters we stumble upon in our yard and on our hikes. The naming generates a familiarity about their habits and life cycles.

A few of our picks:

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