Today we consider three fuzzy, fall caterpillars. Two are in the same family, Erebidae, a new-ish family that was created by reclassifying a bunch of Owlet, Tussock and Tiger moths. The other is in the Owlet Moth family Noctuidae.
Symptoms from stinging caterpillars usually include instant pain, with a longer lasting ache and a raised weal that usually soon subsides. Contact with the venomous or irritating hairs include symptoms of extreme itch followed by wheals and a variable rash which can include a burning sensation. Other symptoms are dermatitis, pain, itching, and swelling of the affected area.
When it comes to caterpillars, being able to tell your woolly bears from your elephant trunks is key, says David Tomlinson, as he nominates his favourite butterfly and moth larvae. This is usually rather straightforward, as most giant mystery caterpillars turn out to be the offspring of the elephant hawk-moth. Not only are they common and widespread, but they also have a startling appearance.
I have studied insects for nearly forty years, and I have also done battle with my share of garden pests. Did you find a caterpillar outside, and you're wondering what kind of butterfly or moth it will turn into? Would you like to raise it to an adult? Find out the name of your caterpillar, what it eats, and what it turns into with the help of this quick and easy caterpillar identification guide.
This white and black furry caterpillar looks kinda cuddly, but it's not as friendly as it appears. Once rumored to be wildly and dangerously poisonous, these little guys made an appearance on Snopes that lessened their bad rep. That said, they do excrete poison when handled, and the chemical they excrete can cause a poison ivy-like rash.
This white fuzzy little caterpillar known as hickory tussock is the larva of a North American moth. It has recently become popular over the internet for its pretty looks along with a warning about its venomous nature. Many people, especially children, drawn to its appearance find to their dismay that the part of their skin that came into contact with it suffers allergic reactions, severe in those who are prone to allergies.
Caterpillars are the immature stage of butterflies and moths. Most furry caterpillars eat leaves though a few eat clothesand almost all of them will eventually become moths. Many hairy caterpillars can sting or cause allergic reactions upon contact, so take care when handling any fuzzy caterpillars no matter how harmless and cute they might seem!
Photo by John H. In many places in Michigan, people have seen what they think is a new, fuzzy caterpillar. From a distance, it is white with what looks like a black line down its back. This white, furry larva is the hickory tussock moth juvenile.
Insects, after all, are the most abundant animals on earth. While some species can be overlooked, due to their small size or out-of-the-way lifestyles, butterflies and caterpillars cannot. These veritable pop stars of the insect world — dolled up in coiffed hair tufts and shimmering wing scales — simply demand attention.
Caterpillars are high in protein and rather defenseless — making them an easy dinner staple for other animals — and many have evolved various means of protection. Their markings and body parts can make them seem larger in size or even poisonous. In fact, some of them are poisonous, both to consume and to the touch. Stinging caterpillars have urticating hairs — hollow bristles that contain toxins from poison-gland cells.