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Caterpillar Slide Show




The Caterpillars of Eastern Massachusetts: Sample Gallery

Too few people ever realize the natural wonder that Massachusetts’ biological systems have to offer, instead they assume that real biological diversity only exists in the tropics or other far away places. Yet our native flora and fauna are diverse and anything but mundane. Since childhood I have sought to identify and catalog the many species that inhabit our green spaces, from the smallest vacant lots to the largest wildlife refuges. This quest has provided me with a unique education in the natural history of New England.

In the fall of 2008 I began photographing caterpillars. These larval insects demonstrate a diversity of morphology and behavior better than perhaps any other group of animals in this region, and yet, they remain relatively unknown to even the most dedicated of naturalists. Through my photography, and through documenting the life histories of the species I find and raise, I hope to share some of what I have learned about the quality of our native biome.

In ages of exploration, drawing and painting were important tools used to document new discoveries. Old illustrations of insects regularly depict the subject and its food source alone on a page, isolated from background distractions. However, the desire to visually record an insect’s behavior and life history often infused these images with life and motion, and many artistic and powerful compositions resulted. These classical natural history pieces are the source of my inspiration. Isolated against a black background, the caterpillars are conspicuous and sculptural. Further, each species is shown upon its native hostplant and each composition aims to tell a story about its subject’s unique natural history.






Opening Day: Linda Teaching
Opening Day: Linda Teaching
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show:  Generations
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Generations
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Big caterpillar
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Big caterpillar
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Sam Surrounded
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Sam Surrounded
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show:  Sam Explaining
Broadmoor Caterpillar Show: Sam Explaining
Opening Day: Linda Teaching
Opening Day: Linda Teaching
Swallowtails 21x40
"Swallowtails" 21x40
Tiger Swallowtail Follow the Leader
"Tiger Swallowtail Follow the Leader"
Northern Pearly Eye Grass
"Northern Pearly Eye Grass"
Nemoria on Sweetfern
"Nemoria on Sweetfern"
Blackberry Looper Emerald 15x22
"Blackberry Looper Emerald" 15x22
Red Boots 21x40
"Red Boots" 21x40
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Color of Grape 21x31
"Color of Grape" 21x31
WALL of DIVERSITY: Fawn Sphinx
WALL of DIVERSITY: "Fawn Sphinx"
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Finned 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Finned" 21x31
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Wavy 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Wavy" 21x31
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Capped
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Capped"
Banner:  Two Noctuids
"Banner: Two Noctuids"
Grapevine Calligraphy 21x31
"Grapevine Calligraphy" 21x31
Wild Lettuce 21x31
"Wild Lettuce" 21x31
Heliothis virescens - Tobbaco Budworm
Heliothis virescens - Tobbaco Budworm
Goldenrod Flower Caterpillars
"Goldenrod Flower Caterpillars"
Spicebush Swallowtail Yin Yang
"Spicebush Swallowtail Yin Yang"
Chrysalis 15x22
"Chrysalis" 15x22
Gravity 24x36
"Gravity" 24x36
Grape Mimic
"Grape Mimic"
Elm Leaves
"Elm Leaves"
Manduca Hornworm - Tomato Flowers
Manduca Hornworm - Tomato Flowers
Orange, Red, Green 21x40
"Orange, Red, Green" 21x40
WALL of DIVERSITY: Double Toothed Reflections
WALL of DIVERSITY: Double Toothed Reflections
Catocala Underwing Pupa
"Catocala Underwing Pupa"
Beautiful Woodnymph on Grape
Beautiful Woodnymph on Grape
Turbulent Abstract 21x31
"Turbulent Abstract" 21x31
CaterpillarEmailTrial4.jpg
CaterpillarEmailTrial4.jpg