Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Caterpillars

Lots of woolly caterpillars around now, these are a couple of the common ones. I'd like to get photos of the different kinds out there but so far haven't managed it. Never seem to have my camera with me at the right time...


This fellow was moving along at a fair clip, he was hard to capture in a photo. I took several pictures before I managed to get all of him in the picture, most of my photos are of his tail end as he zipped out of range...

8 comments:

Alan G said...

You ain't believin' this....

I read your post on caterpillars a little while ago and decided I'd add a comment later. I then proceeded outside where I sat down to enjoy the last cup of coffee for the day. Then I hear this thump on the ground not three feet from me and there is the largest green caterpillar I had ever seen. Now I hadn't seen a caterpillar all year.

I immediately went in and got my camera stuff and tried to get a few shots. Whenever I download them from my camera I'll post them - if they are worth posting that is.

Don't have a clue what kind it is. Since it is so large I was wondering if it was a Lunar Moth but who knows. It was about the same color of green.

Your caterpillars as really pretty. I've seen one like the orange and black one before but not the yellow and black. Nice photos!

Alan G said...

Yep...me again!

I just did some checking on Goggle and that is exactly what it is. A Luna Moth Caterpiller.

Annie said...

Oh I hope your photos turn out Alan! Wow, Luna Moths are incredibly beautiful.

There's a couple of other woolly caterpillars I've seen around but not yet captured on camera. One has yellowy beige fur with long black spiky hairs, another is just yellowy beige without the long black hairs.

Alan G said...

Me again....

Yesterday I ran across what I suppose is an old wive's tale about the woolly bear caterpillar. Thought you might enjoy it if you hadn't heard it before.

"It's said that if the black stripes take up more of the caterpillar's body than the orange, winter's going to be rough. But if the orange band is bigger, we'll have a calm winter."

Annie said...

OK, so is this caterpillar saying Calm or Rough? Maybe I better drive back to Toronto sooner rather than later!

Barbara Anne said...

Oh, dear! The woolly caterpillar I saw just yesterday was similar to the 2nd photo and had far more dark than the much lighter brown portion of its body. Since there was no orange does this count as a hard winter?

Great photos, Anne.

Alan, I've always wanted to see a Luna moth and hope you get a photo of one since you've found that amazing caterpillar. I don't think I've ever seen a caterpillar large enough to land with a thump.

Keep a weather eye out, Anne!

Hugs!

Wisewebwoman said...

Gorgeous shots, Annie, when are you heading back?
As this is my first complete winter here I worry about the stripes!
XO
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Alan G said...

It looks to me in the case of this particular woolly bear, that the winter should be about average this year!

I posted a few photos this morning of my caterpillar so if you and Barbara Anne get a chance, drop by and take a gander at the critter. :)