A walk in New Jersey

A walk in New Jersey



I took a nice long walk in New Jersey today.

I was about an hour’s drive from New York City in Hopewell.

It looked like this…

 

 

 

 

A walk in New Jersey
I took a nice long walk in New Jersey today. I was about an hour’s drive from New York City in Hopewell. It looked like this…
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I saw this huge caterpillar, fat, and about 4 inches long. It’s a Pandorus Sphinx moth caterpillar, Eumorphapandorus. It’s one of the caterpillars commonly called a hornworm, because in its younger stages it sports a horn on its rearend (which is on the left in this photo). Click to enlarge.
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The spot where the horn grows becomes a button on later-stage caterpillars like this one. It’s that eye-like black spot-in-a-circle. One of its foods is Virginia creeper; there was lots of it around.
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And lots of Queen Anne’s lace.
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And lots of butterflies. The one on the left in this picture, is a female clouded sulphur. On the right, in flight and blurry, is an orange sulphur male. These two species sometimes hybridize so they may have been up to something.
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And this young fellow peeked out from the trees.

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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