My daughter and I were enjoying a chat and sipping iced tea when we noticed this tiny little caterpillar crawling across the porch. These pictures were taken on macro and I was very close up, he is tiny.
Of course I had to fetch my camera and took these pictures while it was feasting on some crepe myrtle blooms.
After a little research I found that this furry little thing is actually a Tussock Moth Caterpillar.
He will ultimately turn into a lymantriid; a dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees.
Some species have four clumps of bristles on their backs which give them the appearance of a toothbrush. Some have longer tufts near the head and rear. If you touch one of these furry little caterpillars you will feel like you’ve been working with fiberglass…you’ll itch! Some can leave you with a nagging rash…so look and don’t touch!
He must like our porch; he's been hanging around for days!
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