September Caterpillars

The weather has cooled off considerably, yesterday was steady rain all day and today is humid ... and suddenly we are noticing fat caterpillars. here are a couple that are quite interesting, and in the case of one really spectacular. The flashy one is the yellow. hairy chap heading this post. He was crawling across a rough stone wall surrounding a Japanese Acer and going at quite some speed. I am fairly sure this [...]

By |2017-09-04T13:09:54+00:00September 4th, 2017|caterpillar, garden, moths|0 Comments

Tuffty the Caterpillar

Found this afternoon on the leaves of a large canna lily in the garden was this spectacular caterpillar of the White-marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) ... such a gorgeous creature, but not one you want to touch as those setae are very brittle, stick in your skin and "inject" a rather painful allergenic and irritant liquid. Why it was on the canna lily one can only speculate. They have 140 or so known food plants but [...]

By |2016-08-18T17:00:35+00:00August 18th, 2016|caterpillar, insects, Uncategorized|0 Comments