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Caterpillars through the winter

This Pandorus sphinx larva, or caterpillar, was spotted near Riddlesburg, PA and is commonly found during the fall. What happens through the winter?

Pandorus Sphinx

This Pandorus sphinx larva, or caterpillar, was spotted near Riddlesburg, PA, about 15 miles northeast of Bedford. This caterpillar feeds off the underside of leaves and is more likely to be seen in the fall months as it gets ready to find a site for pupation, the life stage that occurs before it turns into a moth. This caterpillar will bury itself in a chamber beneath the soil for the winter. When it’s ready, it will wiggle to the surface and become an active moth during the spring and summer months.

 

Have you spotted any caterpillars getting ready to “sleep” before becoming butterflies or moths? Take a photo and upload it to the Eyes on Central PA Mission on Project Noah. Your photo may be featured on this blog or in Chief Meteorologist Joe Murgo’s next on-air broadcast!

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