Tussock Moth Caterpillars and a Moth

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It’s obvious this caterpillar is called a tussock moth caterpillar.

(Euchaetes egle)

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A common milkweed grows beside an old garage on the north side of our yard. There were caterpillars scattered around the plant. They were on top of the leaves

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and on the underneath side too. The milky sap from the plant makes them toxic to predators, the same as it does for the monarch butterfly caterpillar.

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It also makes the moth toxic too. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see this milkweed tussock moth (Euchaetes egle). It didn’t cooperate for me to change the camera setting for a better picture. The orange of its body is usually darker than it looks in the picture.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. I saw a bunch of these on a catalpa last year but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the moth. I’m glad you found it. I’ll have to keep watch for them.

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  2. Pretty little things, quite ornate!

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