|White Marked Tussock Moth|
I travel light with a point and shoot camera equipped with a good macro. Our guide, Chris, carries a SLR with high power macro lens and specialized flash. The army uses smaller weapons to destroy tanks. He gets much better pictures but this is my blog, so this is what you get.
They are a striking caterpillar which grows into rather undistinguished moths with feathery antennae. Like many other moths, the Orgyia species do not eat as adults. Further, the female has only rudimentary stubs of wings and is flightless. She remains near the cocoon and lays up to 300 eggs.
|Unknown Tussock Moth-Click to enlarge|
Hunting caterpillars has advantages over turkey hunting.
- They aren't heavy to carry back home.
- They don't require cleaning or cooking.
- We didn't have to go out at the crack of dawn.
* Try your hand at Caterpillar ID at discoverlife.org.