19 August 2013

Monday macrobug: Saddleback caterpillars

Posted by Callan Bentley

My neighbor, the artist Diane Artz Furlong, photographed these extraordinary caterpillars in her garden last week. With her permission, I’m reposting the photos here…


Diane writes that,

Just when I thought I was done with the Japanese beetle onslaught (not!) I find these guys on my rose bush. I would never have found them, though, had I not brushed my hand up against them. They sting! Quite painfully, too. They are saddleback caterpillars (from the slug caterpillar family) and they are the larvae of a brown moth. Fairly harmless except for the sting, these are about 1/2 inch long and that’s a rose leaf they are on. After some research and learning they’ll eat anything I decided to put them on a wild grape vine far from my rose bushes. Hope they are happy.
Oh! and I put some aloe sap on the stings and the pain subsided quickly after that.



Wild looking animals – I love the diversity of nature…