Almost as if a starting bell rang, hundreds of Royal Poinciana caterpillars can be seen ascending Royal Poinciana trees just after sunset. Then, nearly in harmony with daylight cresting over the horizon, their decent begins and the caterpillars go back into hiding. This is the interesting behavior of the Royal Poinciana Caterpillar (Melipotis acantoides) and seems to be an effort to avoid light...
Read more of Michelle Leonard-Mularz's blog post on the Royal Poinciana Caterpillar, on our University of Florida IFAS Blog Page!
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Extension Services is committed to creating objective science-based educational programs and services that provide residents empowering lifelong learning opportunities that help them to improve their quality of life and surrounding environment.