Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
August 6, 2011
08-02-11: The cats are still scattered. The molted cat has moved a bit, but is just sitting on the edge of its leaf; can't tell if it's nibbling. The three least developed cats are sitting under leaves. The remaining four (the more developed) are on the sides of the container, doing nothing (noticeable). The molted cat seems quite a bit more fuzzy. The four on the wall are in various stages of orange/yellow brightness. The three under the leaves are noticeably less orange, with one cat still showing no or very little orange. Everyone still looks healthy.
08-03-11: 6 of the cats appear to have molted. One cat seems to be borderline ready to (consider) molting. And of course, there's the runt of the litter - or maybe it's just taking a different path. As of this moment (11:55 AM), three of the molted cats are on leaves and appear to be nibbling, or at least tasting. Size-wise, they all appear about the same as yesterday. I'm sure when they start eating again, that will change.
08-04-11: 7 cats have returned to their food. They don't seem to be eating much, but they are eating some. One cat is wandering.
08-05-11: Again 7 cats on their food; one cat wandering. Don't know if it's the same wandering cat as yesterday - based on coloring, possibly. Eating and frassing are up again, and they look a bit bigger. Largest cat I could measure was 12mm, smallest was almost 10mm - cats at rest when measured; moving cats seem to add an extra 1 to 1.5mm when stretching forward.
08-06-11: All 8 cats are on their food and appear to be eating/frassing well - overnight they almost completely devoured one of the large plum leaves, and partially devoured two others. The largest cat today was just a hair over 13mm, the smallest 10mm. I can't say any really look like runts anymore; they just appear to be healthy and in various stages of growth, like a three or four day span - interesting, considering they were all born within a few hours of each other. Regardless, they're all headed in the same direction.
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