Our first day in the swamp was successful! The caterpillar in the photo was one of our all-stars.
I have an extra credit question for my students. One of the goals of this research is to monitor the parasitoids on the caterpillars that we find. I'm sure you've heard of parasites in your 7th grade science class. I'd like you to find out the difference between a parasite and a parasitoid. Please post your response to the comment at the end of today's post or email it to me.
One of my team mates took a bit of video of some forest tent caterpillars today. I added the music from a jazz band I saw in New Orleans and this is how it looks: