Friday, June 24, 2011

Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

While photographing flowers and a rock sculpture in one of our local parks my daughter found this little guy crawling around and picked him up. I couldn't resist trying to get a few shots of him.
Above photo is my submission for Macro Friday

Of course she wanted to know what it was and all I could tell her was a caterpillar. Once we got home though we did a bit of research and discovered it was the caterpillar for a Whitemarked Tussock Moth.
 We also learned that the hairs on some caterpillars are like stingers and some caterpillars are even poisonous. From now on we wont be picking them up.

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Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

I have never seen one. What a cool looking caterpillar.

Nita Davis said...

Thanks for stopping by Rochelle. For a caterpillar it is kind of cute. :D

Pat said...

I didn't know that some caterpillars could be poisonous! I guess I won't be picking any up soon! I've never seen any like this, though.