Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar

I found a banded tussock moth caterpillar munching on the leaves of one of our Arctic hibiscus plants.
There's a head down under all that prominent furriness!
These furry fellas also feed on asters, joe-pye weeds, and broadleaved woody plants like blueberry, alder, ash, birch, oak, etc., most of which we have on our property and in the nearby woods.
Check out those spines. The female caterpillars concentrate alkaloids in the spines for defense from predators.

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