All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Milkweed Tussock moth caterpillar</strong> side-view
<em>Euchaetes egle</em>
Hodges #8238
Oak Ridge, TN
July 17, 2007

I was outside testing my new little point and shoot pocket camera, when I spotted this crazy-looking caterpillar crawli...
Milkweed Tussock moth caterpillar side-view
Euchaetes egle
Hodges #8238
Oak Ridge, TN
July 17, 2007

I was outside testing my new little point and shoot pocket camera, when I spotted this crazy-looking caterpillar crawling on a milkweed plant. I ran back inside to get my SLR so I could get a good close-up. It was 8:30 PM so I had to use my flash. This is just one of many insects that eat milkweed. The bright colors of this caterpillar probably indicate that it is either poisonous or very distasteful (or both). I would imagine the spines and the hairy tufts make it pretty unpalatable too.

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