Today the ten of us divided into two teams.
One team stays behind in the bunkhouse to do "zoo". Zoo means checking the collecting bags for changes in the caterpillars (such as death, pupating, etc...), cleaning the bags to get rid of frass, and logging in the new specimens in a computer database.
The second team kayaked in the tupelo - cypress swamp to collect caterpillars. I volunteered to be on this team. I collected a few nice specimens including this cute one:
This one is referred to as a snake head caterpillar, but that is not its real name. Can you identify it by its true name?
Back to the rest of the day's schedule. After lunch, the teams switched jobs. I helped with logging in specimens and Skyped with Mr. Farrell's social studies class. The afternoon kayakers came back with lots of specimens for us to log in tomorrow. It's going to be another fine day of field work.