1. Hey everybody, it’s time for Caterpillar Week!!  That’s right, nothing but caterpillars all day, everyday this whole week.  Why?  I dunno, I guess I have a lot of pictures of caterpillars so why not!

    Here we have a big fat Swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes).  This will pupate into a cocoon and stay that way over the winter, and emerge as a butterfly in early spring.

     
  2. A male cabbage butterfly (Pieris rapae)

     
  3. A skipper butterfly, probably species Poanes zabulon.  

     
  4. Up close with a cabbage butterfly

     
  5. Another American Snout Butterfly.

     
  6. Here is an American snout butterfly (Libytheana carinenta).  The “snout” is actually a pair of modified mouthparts that probably evolved that way to make their body look more stick-like.  Apparently their favorite thing to do is hang upside-down like this and pretend to be a leaf.  

     
  7. A cabbage butterfly

     
  8. Pieris rapae, European Cabbage Butterfly.

     
  9. Bees aren’t the only pollinators around here

     
  10. A Red Admiral butterfly in central park.