and began entering information into the database. Since the begining of this project, over 14,000 catrpillars have been collected. I logged in 34 today. If we do not know the species, we need to figure it out. The microscope is really helpful and we use photos and notes from the research scientists.
This caterpillar was collected on Tuesday. I think it belongs to the family Tortricidae. He is cute, don't you think?
The photo was taken using the microscope above.
These photos were also taken using the microscope. This is Agraulis vanillae, the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.
After lunch, we went to the swamp and worked on a plot. There were not many caterpillars but I did see this tree frog.
Yesterdays word tritrophic refers to three levels of eating in a food web. Producers, caterpillars and in this case, the parisatoids. A parisatoid enters the body of its host and uses its body as food. It is a bit like the movie Aliens.
Today's word: chrysalis
Warm up: What do you think is the difference between a butterfly and a moth?