Sometimes you humans leave things on your outdoor tables that are good to eat. I usually convince Nutmeg to check them out. Well, today, the treat was under the table!
What do you see? (Don’t worry, nobody was hurt in the making of this mystery!)
Late addition: I decided you humans probably would guess the above, and that I should let you in on the fun of what Nutmeg and I saw from under the table:
Give us a guess in the comments!
This little caterpillar–only about the length of my back paw–is a White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar. Or so we believe. Since it was on a table, we aren’t sure which of the nearby trees it was feeding on, but when we looked it up, I discovered that the tussock moths are much like squirrels–very opportunistic. They feed on 116 different genres of plants, including both the cherry and oak that hang over this yard.
They don’t get bothered either. Not only do they have strange looking hairs that clump together called ‘pencil hairs,’ but those hairs sting! The four shorter tufts on the back are called setae
Word to the wise humans: Never touch fuzzy caterpillars!
We thought this one was making a webbing to cocoon, but when we came back the next day, he was gone. If he had cocooned, it would be two weeks until a small brown moth emerged. Definitely one of those insects that stand out more in larval form than adult form.