Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Caterpillar

I have been looking for Monarch caterpillars but not finding any. Instead I found this!



According to my Caterpillars of Eastern North America book, this is the caterpillar of the White-marked Tussock Moth.



It has a strange look about it from whatever angle or magnification one looks.

12 comments:

lené said...

What an amazing looking creature, OW.

Norene said...

oh, what a handsome brushy-looking little fellow! nice photos.

Mark Paris said...

Ha! Now show me a bird that would try to eat that.

so said...

Wow! Neat picture. What type of lens?

Rurality said...

Whoa! Cool.

Pam in Tucson said...

What a fantastic creature - in every sense of the word! Great photo.

Ontario Wanderer said...

Thanks for all the positive comments!

@ So, The camera is a Fujifilm FinePix S7000 with macro and supermacro lens settings. The photo was on supermacro which allowed me lots of room to play with the image on the computer.

Meanwhile, I still have not found any Monarch caterpillars.

Oh, one more thing, I let the caterpillar go on a Comfrey plant when I was finished photographing it and then, about 30 hours later, found it on a shrub about 10 metres (30 ft) away.

bev said...

Nice find and great photo!

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for monarch caterpillars, you will find them on milkweed plants. It is their only food source I believe. Good luck.

lisa weaver said...

I just found one of these on my back porch. I live in cedartown ga so I guess that means not just ontario any more

lisa weaver said...

I identified it by seeing your blog. I also took pics :)

Anonymous said...

Found one on my plant hanger in brantford ontario