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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Black and White Sunday: Look but don't touch!

Look what we found in the yard the other day!

Mum has learned over the years living here on our mountain, that sometimes things aren't what they seem. So when she sees something very odd, she usually takes a photo, does a quick Google search to see what that weird thing may be.

Good thing she did with this little guy, as we hear he packs a nasty sting. Native to Eastern North America, the Saddleback Caterpillar is the larvae of the adult is a dark brown, stout-bodied moth. This moth is very distinctive as you can see in the color photo, with bright green and a large brown spot on it's back that looks like a saddle, and very porcupine-y hairs coming out on the front and back end.

Mum was very glad we had absolutely no interest, we just let him go on his way.


  1. Wow, we have never seen a colorful caterpillar like that. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW! interesting and it is stout :-) How cool that it looks like a porcupine. Be safe. Have a great Sunday. Golden Woofs

  3. That is one cool looking caterpillar. Glad your ma didn't pick it up and you didn't touch it

  4. Thanks for posting this, Johann. If we ever see one, we'll steer clear!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  5. Yikes! Glad you stayed away! Happy BW Sunday!

  6. Gorgeous little creature. I'm glad you guys left him alone, for your sake and for his.


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