Hi! My name is Ms. Moore. Please join me while I travel to New Orleans to study Climate Change and Caterpillars!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Identifying a Caterpillar



I wanted you to see some of the process that we went through to identify the caterpillars. First of all, working together really helps. In this video, two teachers, Mrs. Moore (a different Mrs. Moore who is from New Hampshire) and Ms. Moser (North Carolina) worked together to identify this specimen. What you can't see is that Ms. Moser is using a caterpillar Field Guide to look up possibilities while Mrs. Moore makes observations about the caterpillar.


In case you are interested in looking at some of the caterpillars we have found, I will re-post that cool caterpillar link to Dr. Dyer's caterpillar website.


http://www.tulane.edu/~ggentry/LAleps05/LALindex04.htm


So far we have found and identified:


Arctiidae - Hyphantria cunea - (Fall Webworm)


Lycaenidae - Adoneta spinuloides - (Purple-Crested Slug - a stinging caterpillar)


Lycaenidae - Euclea delphinii - Euclea delphinii - (Spiny oak slug - a stinging caterpillar)


Hesperiidae - Urbanus proteus - (Long-Tailed Skipper - my favorite so far. It looks like it is wearing a helmet.)


We have found several others, but this will give you a start. So far, no wooly bears. Maybe tomorrow!




4 Comments:

At October 27, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Anonymous JIP said...

wow what a cul video too awesome its LA right now were working on biome reports FYI a bayou is a swampish leak that comes out of lakes and rivers

 
At October 27, 2009 at 1:16 PM , Anonymous N.M.D.97 said...

"ILEX" IS THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR "AMERICAN HOLLY"(NON-NATIVE)SEE YOU SOON MRS. MOORE :)

 
At October 27, 2009 at 1:18 PM , Anonymous JIP said...

were having a party when u come back it will be a wreck oops I just gave it away sorry you had to find it out this way

THE PARTY ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

 
At October 27, 2009 at 8:13 PM , Anonymous Mrs. Moore said...

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at our video conference tomorrow. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Identifying the caterpillars is one of my favorite parts of this trip.

You got it Nathan. I thought you would be the one who would know because you spent all that time working to identify the ilex that we found a couple of weeks ago. Well done!

 

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