Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Not so ugly really.....

....in fact I think they are very cute in a buggy kind of way.

On Sunday on one of our walks we came across some interesting sights. Neither of us had ever noticed these bugs before, but after we got home I did a little research online and discovered the identity of the Milkweed Bug Nymph, that's the little orange and black bug at the end of my post. I found the identity of the caterpillar in my National Wildlife Federation's Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America.


This is the Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Euchaetes egle.


If you want to learn a little more about it you can click here.


We followed its movements for quite a while.


And what's this?


Milkweed Bug Nymphs.


There is a great site called "What's That Bug", which helps to identify your photos of critters such as these. You can learn more if you click right here.




21 comments:

Kay said...

The furry guy looks like a bottle brush (LOL). I've never seen "nymphs" before. Interesting.

Kay

SquirrelQueen said...

The Tussock Moth caterpillar is just plain cute. I love that Burl Ives song.

Cloudia said...

wow, what great shots!



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The Elephant's Child said...

There is so much magic in the small things when we take the time to look. Thank you for sharing these.

Janie said...

I'm hearing Burl Ives now. I always enjoyed his voice and folksy tunes.
I think bugs are kinda cute! Nice photos of them. And I love your header, Denise.

KaHolly said...

Oh, Denise, what a beautiful little caterpillar! That's a lucky find! The bugs I've seen before. Guess they are red so predators will think they are poisonous. I would think it means, "Here I am! Notice me!"

Valerie said...

How well I remember the Ugly Bug Ball. Didn't know they looked like that though.

diane b said...

A great post on an interesting insect. They are very fancy caterpillars.

Abraham Lincoln said...

The Monarch Butterfly comes from caterpillars that eat milkweed here where I live. Your photos are very nice ones.

Janet said...

He looks like he`s wearing a badly knitted coat-similar I might add to one my mother knitted back in the 70`s-same colours !

Jane and Chris said...

The caterpillar is rather cute, I'll keep a look out for the nymphs...I always thought nymphs would be pretty feminine creatures with floaty dresses!
Jane x

Debbie said...

these are great def NOT ugly!! nice to see all the up close detail!!!

Jean said...

Thanks for posting the Milkweed Nymphs and the link to the bug site.I have seen those bugs here and didn't know what they were.
Love that furry Tussock Moth Caterpillar!

imac said...

Great photography Denise.

Margaret Cloud said...

I also think he looks like a bottle brush and so did my grand-daughter. I like the video and always liked Burl Ives songs. Thank you for coming by. Did you ever see the Giant Sequoia trees? I also want to say that the little bug is so cute.

eileeninmd said...

What a cute caterpillar. I like Kay's description of the bottle bush. Great photos and sighting.

matron said...

Your photos make these bugs cute looking.!!
Normally I am not a bug lover,but how could you not be interested in these,after seeing the Burl Ives clip,lovely.Carolyn.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great finds, great photographs.

Kay said...

You have made all those creatures extraordinarily beautiful, Denise.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Thanks s lot Denise, now I am all itchy just looking at these bugs...ugh LOL

Happy Birthday to Brad!

Antonette said...

That's funny what Kay said. I was thinking the same thing. The nymphs give me the creeps for some reason. Nonetheless, awesome shots!