CATERPILLARS

Beware of the Stinging Puss Caterpillar, Warns Virginia Tech Insect Expert
Beware of the Stinging Puss Caterpillar, Warns Virginia Tech Insect Expert

Earlier this year, murder hornets were making headlines. Now, another ominous creature is in the spotlight as sightings have spiked in Virginia, just in time for the spooky season. The critter’s official name is the puss caterpillar, or the southern flannel moth, however, since it’s ...

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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Milkweeds and Monarchs 101

Want to attract more monarch butterflies to your garden? Boost their numbers with these milkweed types and tips.

 How Carnivorous Caterpillars Attack Their Prey

Living Volcanoes

How Carnivorous Caterpillars Attack Their Prey

Nearly all caterpillars are herbivores, but not this one. Caterpillars on the islands of Hawaii have evolved with claws that are more suited to catching live prey. Watch the clever way they attack their meals.

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  Plant Self-Defense

What Plants Talk About

Plant Self-Defense

To protect against herbivores the wild tobacco plant deposits trichomes, sweet treats irresistible to but also potentially fatal for leaf-eating caterpillars. Shortly after ingesting the trichomes, the insect releases a particular odor that attracts ground-foraging predators. "What Plants Talk About" premieres Wednesday, April 3 at ...

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