Moth Caterpillar Mystery


 I do “duh” moments well. In this case it involved a tussock moth caterpillar.

Buffy and I usually walk around the yard one or two times a day. We get a little exercise, and I look for things to photograph.


I took this picture and the one above on June 28,


and this one on June 30.


Why was the caterpillar still in the same position? Was it full grown? I didn’t think so.


Then, yesterday (July 3rd) I had a “duh” moment.

 The caterpillar hadn’t moved or grown because it had been parasitized, probably by a wasp, and the wasp had emerged.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Not everything in nature give us that warm fuzzy feeling.


  2. From what I’ve read that happens quite often but I’ve never seen it.


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