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.
Check out those spines. The female caterpillars concentrate alkaloids in the spines for defense from predators.
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Banded Tussock Moth
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