Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars
I only managed a couple of shots before they fell off the leaf they were on. This is apparently a defense mechanism they use when they feel threatened. My son had bumped the plant they were on and they quickly curled up and dropped to the ground.
The caterpillar will eventually become the Milkweed Tussock Moth (or Milkweed Tiger Moth).
Check out some of these sites to learn more about the Milkweed Tussock Moth and their caterpillars:
Garden Web: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/butterfly/msg0907431211368.html
The Metropolitan Naturalist: