Colonial Feast

Some caterpillars live alone. In fact, they can’t stand the presence of other individuals of the same species. Others live in colonies. If the caterpillars are large in size such a colony can be quite a sight.

Buff-tip moth caterpillars reach a decent size. And if the conditions are right, they’ll spend all their life as a caterpillar in one huge colony. Quite a shock for any host plant (see photo below). If you’re focusing on feeding traces on a caterpillar quest you’ll definitely notice these.

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