Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NATURE NOTES

Another caterpillar found at The Norfolk Botanical Garden in the southern part of Virginia.


This is a White Woolly Caterpillar.  It will eventually turn into a Virginian Tiger Moth.  


Spilosoma virginica


To see various stages you can visit this link.


Or here to show you what he looks like as a moth.  He is quite an extraordinary looking thing.


I have a lady to thank for spotting this one.  While sitting on a bench along a walking path, looking out over the water, she and her husband came by and she immediately spotted it in the undergrowth.  I wandered over to see what she had found and we had a chat.  She had no idea what it was and neither did I but like me, she said she would do a search in her bug guide when she got home.

Added note: I wouldn't be surprised that as fluffy as this pretty little caterpillar looks, it makes up for its lack of camouflage by having a prickly and irritating 'coat' to ward of preditors.

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I am always happy when I find something I can share at  Michelle's Nature Notes Thanks for hosting such a fun meme Michelle.


24 comments:

  1. those are wonderful captures, D





    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  2. What great shots of this beautiful caterpillar !

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  3. It is perfectly snow white. In the first pictures, it looks almost like a feather. This would not camouflage unless it was in Alaska!

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  4. At first I thought it was a feather. You do have some finds, Denise... thank goodness you share them otherwise I would never know about these things.

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  5. Gorgeous. And it looks so soft and fluffy. And I wouldn't be at all surprised that touching it could lead to a ferocious itch. At least.

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  6. Tiger moth, it is very pretty and looks almost cuddly but bet is not! Great shots. Have a good day Diane.

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  7. So lovely Denise - another beautiful mystery of nature

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  8. ...at first glimpse I thought it was a white feather....wow. What an interesting subject Denise.

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  9. So fuzzy and such a pristine white!

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  10. Now that is such a lovely looking caterpillar that one can see how a beautiful moth might emerge. Some of the worms are so ugly it's hard to imagine.

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  11. Great find, and I appreciate that you've researched the stuff of my continuing, and most enjoyable, education here!

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  12. he is so fluffy and pretty but I don't usually touch them as some can sting.

    great images Denise.

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  13. Terrific shots of this fuzzy wuzzy!

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  14. Happy to have you in Nature Notes Denise. Cute little fuzzy cat..I love to find them and take photos..Michelle

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  15. Denise, what a pretty white caterpillar! It is fluffy! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  16. So beautifully fuzzy and white.

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  17. I'm sure a bird would find him a sip key meal.

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  18. I have only spotted one of these once...fascinating and I almost walked right by it.

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  19. How beautiful, I would have thought it was the flower head of a grass if I had been sitting there.

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