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Caterpillars Count! Citizen Science Project

Caterpillars Count! is a project that relies on citizen scientists (you!) to help understand some of the most important organisms in our ecosystems—caterpillars and other insects—by conducting surveys of the plants and trees around them.

Your observations can also help track how the abundance of caterpillars and other insects varies over the seasons. The seasonal timing of caterpillar availability is especially important for birds which try to time their spring migration so that there will be lots of insect food around (caterpillars are an especially tasty treat!) to successfully raise their young. Visit this site for more information and how to become involved with this research!


Marsh Dagger Caterpillar ~ Photo by Keith McCullough