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PostPraxibetelix on 11/17/2016, 11:37 am




The leaves in the jar are off the tree in the backyard. I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but they were the only leaves the caterpillar would eat. After about 2 weeks of having it, it spun that cocoon. The cocoon is about the size of a large almond, and it is fuzzy!

It is kept in a pickle jar with white tulle as a lid. Tulle is the stuff that ballerina skirts are made of, just in case you guys don't know what it is Smile
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PostT.C. on 11/17/2016, 5:21 pm

Yeah, these are apparently more common this year than the banded wooly bear caterpillars. Yet I didn't see one of these?
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PostPraxibetelix on 11/18/2016, 1:31 pm

Here in Ohio, we usually have TONS of Woolybears. You can actually see them crossing the roads in the fall there are so many of them. This year, we saw none yet saw TONS of these white ones. How bizarre. I will try for a Woolybear next year, I really want to see it in cocoon and as a moth.
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Postmothman27 on 11/18/2016, 1:58 pm

Sorry to disagree but I think the caterpillar is a Hickory Tussock Moth. They are almost indistinguishable from the species T.C. mentioned. The reason it is fuzzy is because they actually weave their caterpillar hair/spines into the cocoon.
Also, the tree is a Locust.
It will look like this when it hatches, I really like how they look.

And here is what a wooly bear moth looks like, an Isabella Tiger Moth:


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PostT.C. on 11/18/2016, 2:40 pm

haha, I want you to disagree. We want the truth. Your probably right, I am mostly good at identifying other insetcs, when it comes to identifying moths and butterflies and their caterpillars, I am not very good at it! Smile
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PostPraxibetelix on 11/18/2016, 4:36 pm

Thank you Mothman! Especially for the tree ID. Hopefully he pupates and we get to see the moth in real life.

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