Caterpillars Count!

Greetings Master Naturalists, Citizen Scientists and Biodiversity Enthusiasts!

We would like to invite you to learn more about the citizen science project Caterpillars Count!  The dates listed above are webinars to help teach you how to get involved.

Participants conduct surveys on the branches of trees and shrubs to monitor seasonal variation and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars, beetles, and spiders, and to establish critical baseline data for evaluating long term trends.

 The project can be easily carried out at:

  • Nature and environmental education centers
  • Parks and botanical gardens
  • School campuses
  • Private backyards

For more details on the project and what hosting a survey site for Caterpillars Count! entails, watch the short video on our project website, and check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Register for one of our free webinars offered in April and learn how to get involved!

Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST
Thursday, April 28, 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST

In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us if we can answer any questions.  You can reach the team by emailing

And, please, forward this email along to any friends, colleagues or local groups you think may be interested in Caterpillars Count!

May your spring be filled with cool bugs,

Allen Hurlbert
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina
Director, Caterpillars Count!