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Mystery Caterpillar

They call me...El Mysterioso!

Anybody know what this little guy is? I’ve been through the on-line bug ID guides and can’t find him. I figure he’s probably a moth, but that’s as far as I know.

That’s a serviceberry shrub he’s on, but that may or may not have any significance.

ETA: The stinging rose caterpillar! I knew the internet brain trust would not fail (and damn, is that a fantastic name or what?)

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.


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Looks like a Stinging Rose Caterpillar. (Do not touch!)

Edited at 2011-09-18 05:05 pm (UTC)

Oh, wonderful! Thank you! (And I didn't touch, but man, what an AWESOME name!)

That is right out of a fairy tale.

Wow-- amazing variation in the colors on this one! Beautiful.

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Aw, just a little bit too late.

That is a great name.

My only guess would have been "something that should live under the ocean and never see the light of day"

Anything that bright and visible is probably poisonous!

Well, I didn't know what it was, but damn it looks poisonous !
And yeah, stinging rose is an awesome name.

Well, isn't he just a handsome fellow! And very tempting to just reach out an-- OW!

Definitely what firstfrost said :-)... For caterpillar ID, I recommend "Caterpillars of Eastern North America", by David L. Wagner (Princeton Field Guides, Princeton University Press, 2005). Available on Amazon, cheap! (I paid $30 for it, but it's listed at $19.06 right now.) (Sorry, tried to link to the listing, and failed utterly :-)

Only one thing to do; pack it gently in a box, ship it to Bear Grylles and ask him how it tastes...

LMAO! That guy is SUCH an idiot!


I only watch the show in the hope if seeing him injure himself.
(Doesn't happen often enough, really.)

The moth it becomes is pretty sweet looking too.

"Red-Footed Fuzzy-Wuzzy" and "Hickory Horned Devil" are also some fine names for gothic murder tribbles and enraged orcish hate sausages caterpillars.

It is like a Nudibranch on Land! SO Amazing!!!

Yes, it is, isn't it?

During the two years I lived in Florida as a child, we occasionally encountered saddleback caterpillars on our property, and at first that's what I thought this was, but the colors and the arrangement of its protuberances is somewhat different. About the only thing that's the same is that you didn't want to touch a saddleback either - yowch!!!

I find it mildly depressing that "gently poke it with a pointy stick" seems a comparably refined survival technique nowadays. =(

Trust you to have aliens in your garden :-)

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