If you take a walk down our country road at this time of year, you are certain to see numerous hungry caterpillars wandering among the plant life in search of food to satisfy their voracious appetites.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures.” ~Steve Jobs
The White-marked tussock moth caterpillar is easily distinguished by its red head, black stripe down the center, four white tuffs near the front and two red dots toward the back. Though its bright colors make it pretty to look at, it is best to avoid any contact, as its stinging hairs can cause an irritating rash.
“Our best decisions are often what we choose not to get involved in.” ~Doug Cooper
I found these little caterpillars while I was cutting back some blackberry bushes. They seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. I believe the gray one is a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar and the yellow one is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.
“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” ~Izaak Walton
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller