Mystery No More

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Remember the brown caterpillar frass I posted the other day when we took a walk down by the pond? We checked on the same beech tree on our Monday walk and discovered the identity of the frass-producers: Yellow-necked caterpillar, Datana ministra.
I was not aware that they fed on beech trees. Learn something new every day

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The cats are eating well and growing quickly. In the photo above you can see a couple of middle instars above a bunch of shed skins. Wonder how they get their heads out?

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