Sunday, June 21, 2015

Puss Moth Caterpillar

"Puss caterpillar1". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Puss_caterpillar1.jpg#/media/File:Puss_caterpillar1.jpg

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Megalopyge opercularis
Food: oaks, elms, citrus, rose and other plants
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? Yes! This species has one of the most painful stings of any caterpillar. There are venomous spines hidden among the soft "Elvis" fur. A sting causes intense radiating pain and sometimes nausea, swelling, and even difficulty breathing. While not fatal, a sting from the Puss Caterpillar is no joke and can hurt for days.
Will it destroy my garden? No.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

"Lymantria dispar MHNT Chenille" by Didier Descouens - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lymantria_dispar_MHNT_Chenille.jpg#/media/File:Lymantria_dispar_MHNT_Chenille.jpg

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Lymantria dispar
Food: just about anything
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No.
Will it destroy my garden? Yes, and your trees as well. Its appearance is a genuine emergency and you should report finding these caterpillars to the nearest museum or university. Since its importation from Europe in the mid-19th century, this species has been the most destructive forest pest in North America.



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Hickory Tiger Moth Caterpillar

"Lophocampa" by The Tooth Fairy - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lophocampa.JPG#/media/File:Lophocampa.JPG

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Lophocampa caryae
Food: hickory and other nut trees; ash, elm, oak willow
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No, although the tufts may cause rashes and irritate mucous membranes.
Will it destroy my garden? No. This species can sometimes defoliate trees, but it's not a major problem.




Salt Marsh Caterpillar

"Salt Marsh Caterpillar" by Alton N. Sparks, Jr., University of Georgia, Bugwood.org - This image is Image Number 1327039 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service.. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 us via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salt_Marsh_Caterpillar.jpg#/media/File:Salt_Marsh_Caterpillar.jpg

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Estigmene acrea
Food: cabbage, walnuts, apple, pea, clover, potato, and many other plants
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No. Some people are sensitive to the caterpillar's hairs.
Will it destroy my garden? No, although this is a very common species and can appear in numbers at times.




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Copper Underwing Caterpillar

"Pyramideneule-Raupe-Rose" by Cec-clp - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pyramideneule-Raupe-Rose.jpg#/media/File:Pyramideneule-Raupe-Rose.jpg

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Amphipyra pyramidea
Food: ash, privet, honeysuckle, oak, and others
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No.
Will it destroy my garden? No.