Small Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

SAM_5264Yesterday, while our mom was cleaning up the garden, she found a really weird looking caterpillar and told me to come get a picture of it. Upon looking it up, we thought it might be a yellow wooly bear caterpillar, but there were slight differences. We found that it was actually a milkweed tussock caterpillar, which we’ve never seen or even heard of before. The milkweed tussock moth we actually have seen, but the caterpillar is new to us.

Anyway, we took pictures of it and then a chicken came over to us. He looked at it and then walked away – apparently he didn’t like the way it looked.

That was pretty interesting to us since the chickens eat almost anything, including an occasional stinkbug. They even eat Japanese beetles. Anyway, this species of caterpillar looks really funny if you want to look it up. We’ll give you a picture, but there are some better pictures on the internet. Hope you like the picture!

by John

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