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The appearance of hairy caterpillars of a butterfly bear (or Pyrrharctia isabella) is a well-known sign of the arrival of spring in North America. These charming fluffy caterpillars can be grown at home as an educational project for children or for their own aesthetic pleasure. You will have to provide the caterpillar with a good home, feed it, and then release it when the caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
Ursa KayaUrsa Kaya
Ursa Kaya (lat. Arctia caja) - a nocturnal butterfly from the bear subfamily in the family Erebidae.
Wingspan 50-80 mm. Fore wing length 25–33 mm. The color of the upper side of the wings is brown-white with an irregular, sinuous pattern, characterized by great variability. The upper side of the hind wings is light red with five large rounded spots, the color of which varies from black to bluish. The head and chest are dark, red-brown, the abdomen is red, with black transverse stripes. Butterflies are polymorphic. Each individual has an individual pattern of the upper side of the wings. The upper side of the hind wings can be red or yellow, with many spots or without them at all, or solid black.
In individuals developing under the same conditions, sometimes color variability is observed, and sometimes these differences are so great that butterflies can be mistaken for representatives of various species.
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