Megacephala carolina carolina
Megalopyge opercularisThis caterpillar is protected by a heavy coat of stinging hairs. To some, this furry coat resembled the fur of a pussy cat or "puss."
The ault moth is known as the Southern Flannel Moth.
The Miami Blue is near extinction in Florida due mostly to habitat loss. It is feared that several populations no longer exist. This Miami Blue caterpillar was reared in captivity in an effort to repopulate the species in south Florida. The captive rearing program currently has been suspended.
Two Miami Blue chrysalides rest in the hand of a researcher who is raising them in captivity. This south Florida species is in peril due to loss of habitat.
Mimosa quadrivalvis var. angusata
This crab spider is on Blazing Star (Liatris sp.)
This spider is on False Pineland Sunflower (Phoebanthus tenuifolius).
This crab spider on a yellow bladderwort (Utricularia sp.) is perfectly camouflaged by its coloration and pose.
Most caterpillars travel away from their host plants to prepare for their metamorphosis into chrysalides (plural of chrysalis). This monarch caterpillar has chosen to form its chrysalis on the leaf of a Fireflag (Thalia geniculata)
View a video of a monarch caterpillar changing into a chrysalis.
The Queen caterpillar which mimics the Monarch caterpillar has an extra set of projections in the middle of the body.