Hiking with the Hartfrod Area Meet Up Group 9-8-13

Went for a hike in Cromwell CT today with 24 people from the Hartford Meet Up Group.  We had a good time on this hike led by Larry. There were some great views of the CT river and some cool plant life and one really cool Caterpillar.  I will post a picture and some information below about the Caterpillar…

Name: Track 170
Date: Sep 8, 2013 1:37 pm
(valid until Mar 7, 2014)
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Distance: 2.08 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:33:13
Avg Speed: 1.3 mph
Max Speed: 7.9 mph
Avg Pace: 44′ 53″ per mile
Min Altitude: 25 ft
Max Altitude: 224 ft
Start Time: 2013-09-08T17:37:04Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41º 37′ 06″ N
Longitude: 72º 38′ 07″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 41º 37′ 06″ N
Longitude: 72º 38′ 07″ W

Some Pictures from our hike..

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This is the Caterpillar we saw on our hike, really cool guy..

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar Identification

This is a cool caterpillar with fake snake eyes. The effect is even better when it sticks out its “osmeterium,” a red, forked organ that it can stick out from behind its head when it’s feeling bothered. The osmeterium looks a lot like the forked tongue of a snake, and it also smells bad. Pretty good defense for an otherwise tasty caterpillar! This one turns into the big, beautiful spicebush swallowtail.

Spicebush Swallowtail

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