Well, it was another great day here at Pearl River. I went Kayaking... again, but this time instead of kayaking for 3 miles (like I did yesterday), we kayaked for 8.1 miles!!! I am totally EXHAUSTED!!! It was, however, an amazing experience. There is always so much to do, learn, and experience here... I don't think I'm going to be able to leave...just kidding! I can't wait to get back and show you all what I have learned here.
Till then, here are some more pictures for you to enjoy:
This is a Purple Crested Slug (caterpillar) that is parasitoid; the white cocoons on it's back are Braconid Wasps that will hatch and then eat the caterpillar.
These are Zygaeniidae or the "Great Leaf skeletonizer." They eat everything but the leaf vain, so the leaf looks like a skeleton by the time they are done eating it.
This isn't El Guapo, but you get the point.
Guess what the name of this caterpillar is? (the answer is in the question)
Here's are some words for you to look up and put into your science notebook:
I'm very excited to Skype with you all on Friday, so see you tomorrow.
Replying to Comments:
Franklin and Gaurav, I agree the Assassin Spider is very cool. It doesn't really bite nor is it poisonous, however, he can and will hurt you! Certain insects (like mosquitos and spiders) do not have teeth, so instead they have a straw like jaw. They will stick you and since it can't chew or bit they inject a digestive liquid into your skin. Basically, the liquid they inject into you skin turns your skin into liquid and then they suck it up for food. How cool is that?
Franklin, you are right, kayak is indeed a palindrome, so is A MAN A PLAN A CANAL PANAMA. =)
Liana, don't worry, I am safe... for now.
Derek, I am kayaking almost everyday and yes it is very EXHAUSTING!!! But, fun. Good job with the scientific names by the way.
Victor, I didn't know that the fowler frog was stinky. Thanks for the heads up.
Mrs. Mason, There are certain caterpillar around the world that are endangered, but none of the ones we are studying down here. Caterpillars can be both good and bad for the environment. For example, one good thing that caterpillars do is recycle Nitrogen. They get it from the trees they eat and then frass (poop) it out into the soil. One bad thing is that if there are too many caterpillars, they will eat all the leaves and can damage the surrounding trees. For instance, last spring there was an outbreak of caterpillars here and the damage is still not resolved today. As for dinner? Insects and birds love to feast on caterpillars! Finally, caterpillars on average only live for about a few weeks before they pupate and turn into butterflies or moths. However, up north where we are (New York) because we have really cold winters some caterpillars will hibernate during the winter months; so, some caterpillars will live for months.