Way before I officially decided to reinvent a childhood hobby, I could not keep myself from taking a close look at a beautiful caterpillar if one came across.
Late summer 2012, our daughter Sienna turned 1 a couple weeks ago, it was time of the large and fascinating hawk moth caterpillars to leave their food plant for digging themselves into the ground, build a cocoon and spend the winter as pupa.
This is the time of the year when common people may spot these beautiful, weird looking creatures as they might pass streets before finding suitable ground for digging.
We often walked along the river which floated close where we used to live back then. The river bed was the perfect biotope for all kind of insects, respectively for spotting them. If was rather usual to see caterpillars along the trails. However, this particular one of the Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) was right in the middle of the path. I decided to carry it to softer and safer ground, but not before taking a close look at it. This time, I also introduced the first caterpillar to my daughter.
Having no idea at that time that I’d one day start rearing caterpillars in form of a beloved hobby, it is pretty safe to say today that Sienna will see many more, and even bigger and more colorful species than the one that day.
Give it a try…
Caterpillars of hawk moths, also known as hornworms, are particularly suitable for kids. Due to their size and build it’s fun to raise them. They’re also more robust than other caterpillars.
Source: The Butterfly Playbook