Tussock Moth Caterpillar

By taggart  
Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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I had allowed some Milkweed plants to grow in my garden especially for the Monarch butterfly caterpillars and was furious to find about 50 of these Tussock Moth caterpillars chomping away! They totally devoured the milkweed plants and moved on---not to worry there seem to many other plants available for the Monarchs---

I allowed my self 4 images of these rascals!

NOTE: I mentioned that we would be traveling ---have delayed our trip due to John's Mom's lawyer's schedule--- Duh!

Tags: Photo journalism Moth Insect Caterpillar Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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14 Aug 2013 11:20PM
Fine capture Jenn, nice detail,

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14 Aug 2013 11:20PM
loving the colours!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
14 Aug 2013 11:27PM
Wonderful detail Jenn.
Well coloured too.
Super shot.
14 Aug 2013 11:31PM
Isn't it awful that caterpillars can look so awesome.
Nice details.
14 Aug 2013 11:54PM
An excellent image - so well detailed and amazing colours!

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
14 Aug 2013 11:59PM
Excellent Image!! Great detail and colour!!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
15 Aug 2013 12:25AM
I have got one of these, it lives near the kitchen sink and it serves for my tall juice glasses Smile
if you have got too many maybe you can find a new job for them! curious to find out what the moth looks like?
Any which way it is the cutest pest I have ever seen
Ayoob 6 Australia
15 Aug 2013 12:29AM
Great capture with lovely detail and colours......Grin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 12:42AM
What an amazing looking caterpillar.
Also that b/g couldn't be more perfect!
Potra 4 Venezuela
15 Aug 2013 1:23AM
What a pretty rascal, wish I can find one like for my personal use!Wink
fcast 4 10
15 Aug 2013 1:33AM
Great detail
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 4:05AM

Any which way it is the cutest pest I have ever seen

I agree, pest it might be but it is a cutie and this is a lovely portrait.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
15 Aug 2013 4:15AM
What a lovely photo of this hairy beauty Jenn !! They also have their rights you know Smile
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
15 Aug 2013 4:28AM
What a beautiful caterpillar, excellent captured

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
15 Aug 2013 6:07AM
Amazing colours and detail, Jenn, Taken so well!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
15 Aug 2013 6:21AM
Hopefully the Monarchs will find other plants to devour, but meantime you have captured this hairy specimen so well, Carol.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
15 Aug 2013 6:33AM
Sorry, Jenn: was typing rather early in morning and got your name mixed up.
Many apologies.
An amazing looking rascal, Jenn.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
15 Aug 2013 8:47AM
Caterpillars are amazing; such variety and weirdness. Superb shot.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
15 Aug 2013 9:11AM
These always remind me a scrubbing brush for some reason or even a duster.............GrinGrinGrinGrin
8 10 10 England
15 Aug 2013 9:31AM
Rather pretty critter Jenn - bit like a fan dancer waving all the feathery fans about. Wink
Herge88 10 40 4 England
15 Aug 2013 11:00AM
The striking colour is what makes this image for me.

Best Matt
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
15 Aug 2013 12:05PM
What would the world be without lawyers!!!!!!!
I have loads of these little rascals too.....they are voracious eaters.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 2:58PM
What a monstrous beastie - but beautiful nonetheless!
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 3:52PM
Beautiful capture Smile

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
15 Aug 2013 4:29PM
Excellent shot Jennn. I do hope you have pointed out the error of their ways to the greedy Tussocks.!!!GrinGrinGrin
15 Aug 2013 5:13PM
Fabulous colors-excellent capture !
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2013 5:21PM
That is some creepy crawly there Jennn
Quite a detailed image too, as it was more than likely
On the move! Great shot
15 Aug 2013 10:49PM
I remember we had a brush for cleaning bottles ... this creature looks like this brush!Wink
Good macro, Jenn!Smile
Regards Valery
15 Aug 2013 11:07PM
Great shot. Cathy
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Aug 2013 8:22PM
A cracking close up of this hungry caterpillar, he certainly is a hairy little beast
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2013 9:33PM
Uh, well.... looks like a worn brush!
Hope the flutter is much more beautiful. Sure he is!

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