Mickey Raine writes:
On the NJMC’s recent Butterfly Day, Elaine and I saw three caterpillars that will eventually become the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
Elaine discovered them toward the end of Transco Trail, the single early stage with more whitish tones, and the two very large ones ready to enter the pupa stage.
A new unknown Damselfly, along with the female Twelve-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly were nearby.
The odd-looking insect with huge reddish eyes sitting on the end of a twig was fascinating. At first, Elaine thought it might be a type of Robber Fly, but it did not seem large or long enough to be so. Research required . .
Elaine’s photo of the new Grasshopper and the closeup of the Common Paper Wasp group finished off the outing for that short visit.
Thanks, Mickey and Elaine!