Mar 10, 2012

Caterpillar in the swamp

In the case of a caterpillar,
the railing is the safest place to go.


Can anybody ID this guy?

5 comments:

Robert Sobczak said...

Robert,
Your caterpillar on the railing looks like the a Black- waved Flannel moth. (Megalopyge crispata) Whatever you do never touch one of these caterpillars, they have stinging spines that can cause severe pain and may even require medical attention.

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Robert Sobczak said...

That's funny Don because I saw some kids holding them in their hands. At the time it didn't seem to hurt them, but I only saw them at a glance.

Whitney Gray said...

It could also be a Virginia tiger moth - Spilosoma virginica. I don't know if they're "holdable"

Robert Sobczak said...

That could explain it. (I was always taught not to hold caterpillars, especially colorful ones.)

Janie said...

I wouldn't want to hold one, but this guy has chosen the safer path.