Saturday, October 03, 2015

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar for Saturday Critters

I haven't seen many caterpillars this past spring or summer so I was delighted yesterday to see this yellow fuzzy caterpillar near by my doorstep, however I am glad that I didn't pick it up!  Apparently this American Dagger Moth Caterpillar  has toxins in those black spikes rising out of its back, so beware and wary!! Don't touch!!! Look at the picture below and you can see its black spikes!

As well as being toxic it is also very attractive and picturesque lying among the  colourful leaves that have  already fallen from the trees in our yard, so you can just enjoy its beauty without touching it.
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10 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

The Moth almost blends into the fall surroundings.

Snap said...

Great shot. The American Dagger Moth Caterpillar really blends in well with the autumn leaves. Happy Critter Day!

Annie said...

Thanks for the warning. It is definitely pretty enough to want to pet.

Marie C said...

Just beautiful! And definitely a "leave me alone" kind of guy! :-)

Stephanie said...

Pretty color!

Indrani said...

That is a colorful one. The moth should be beautiful.

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely shots

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) Lovely captures, and what a fantastic find. Caterpillars on ones doorstep don't happen all that often, if ever, and such a pretty one, spikes and all. I don't think I would even attempt to pick it up but I would certainly admire it's beauty.
Regards.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) Lovely captures, and what a fantastic find. Caterpillars on ones doorstep don't happen all that often, if ever, and such a pretty one, spikes and all. I don't think I would even attempt to pick it up but I would certainly admire it's beauty.
Regards.

eileeninmd said...

It is a pretty caterpillar, thanks for the warning. Great shots.
I am sorry I am commenting so late, I've been away! Thanks so much for linking up! Have a happy day and weekend!