Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Call Me Spikey

See the white fuzzy crawly thing in the grass?  Watching it weave through the moist green grass without even bending the blades, I thought it was so cute.  Tucking a nearby leaf in front of it's path, I wanted to make it stand out for the pic.

It is much easier to see, don't you think?

It's white with black on a ridge that runs down the center of it's back.

It also had some black spikes,which to me, said LEAVE ME ALONE.

I did.

(It's a good thing.  Read about it here)

Yet, I've always like the color combination of red, white and black.

Sharing with you and those at

You did know that if caterpillars have spikes they can be poisonous or allergenic, right?


  1. I didn't know that. Thanks for the update. I do remember Cro writing something about a Processionary Caterpillar that did some damage to his dogs mouth.

  2. although i would never ever never pick up one of these, it is good to know they will burn like nettles. black and white are my favorite colors and with red makes it better. beautiful photos of this little wonder

  3. No, I didn't know spiky caterpillars can cause allergic reactions! Guess I need to be more careful, right?

  4. I'm glad you didn't touch it. We have them here and every year the warnings are out in the media about them. Nice pictures though. :)

  5. What a good idea you had! And he is pretty! Funny that he is around in the fall, because he cannot turn into a butterfly in the winter! The colors are beautiful! And here I thought that Snopes only had urban myths!

  6. wonderful series… reminds me of the reverse of a skunk's don't touch stripe.

  7. It is a cute caterpillar. I did not know some could be poisonous..Great shots. Thanks for linking up, enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. I had no idea about the spikey things and being poisonous. Good to know. It looks pretty on that red leaf

  9. He's a cute little thing. The red leaf makes a great photo backdrop.

  10. I had read about these little guys before.

  11. A Hickory Tussock Moth (variety of tiger moth apparently).

  12. I haven't seen one of those in a couple of years...Good info and important for people to know not to pick them up... Thank you for linking into Nature Notes...Michelle


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