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Dasychira caterpillar -- on the move  -- (perhaps D. vagans ??)


Dasychira caterpillar -- on the move -- (perhaps D. vagans ??)

found along the Sandstone Island trail at Charleston Lake.
It was in a section of sugar maple and white birch forest.
This caterpillar is very colourful, with its various tufts of
hair and black pencils. When at rest, the pencils lie flat,
but when on the move, they are carried lifted upwards.
When agitated, this caterpillar begins to thrash around rather
violently -- quite a disturbing performance.

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guest 22-Apr-2010 23:04
its soooooo cute
Mara 11-Nov-2009 19:39
I found this lil cute thing outside of my work. Do they bit or sting? Are they dangerous to touch? His sooo cute...
Guest 05-Aug-2008 12:53
One of the Dasychira caterpillars was found in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.