Sunday, August 22, 2010

'Bearded Lady' Caterpillar (Furry Black, White and Gold)

That is not the official name for this fur diva. My first glance at the fuzzy drama and I thought - wowzers she totally has a beard! Yay! I found her sitting in the sun on a young maple leaf.
Although it looks as though she is a beard hanging down from her 'chin', it's actually more like giant eye lashes, because when she lifts her head you can see a hidden flat black circular face underneath. The beard is an illusion (kinda like most everything in life...)

Can anyone ID this creature? What butterfly or moth will she become?
Xoxoxo

5 comments:

Kittie Howard said...

Clueless in Virginia...but I do like the expression, just when the catterpillar thought life couldn't get any worse, she turned into a butterfly.

Rekanize said...

Halysidota Tessellaris, aka Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

biogeniclife said...

this one looks cool

Cosmic said...

Wow! that's a rather neat little furry caterpilliar:)

xoxox

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

It is so cute and furry!

Thanks Rekanize for ID'ing it.... here is a link to it's page in the bug guide:::
http://bugguide.net/node/view/541
The moth isn't as exciting as the caterpillar, depending on your taste. I like it though.