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Old 08-04-2019, 09:28 AM   #1
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'Tis the season! Post your cats pics.


Monarch cats are all over both the swamp milkweed and butterflyweed in my container jungle. Here's a monarch on butterflyweed.


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A horde of milkweed tussock moth cats have also stripped several swamp milkweed stems completely (no pic unfortunately).


Here's a big, fat yellow woolly bear on jewelweed:


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Black Swallowtail on Rue. They're also enjoying the fennel I planted.



On one of my anting trips I came across two of the worst caterpillars to encounter within a short distance of one another. IO Moth cats and Spiny Oak Slugs are among the worst ones to touch. The spines on these have a powerful sting that can leave you in too much pain to even drive.
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Nice photos and info
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A horde of milkweed tussock moth cats have also stripped several swamp milkweed stems completely (no pic unfortunately).
A little memory refresher from a friend of yours.

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So it looks as if there's no such thing as a milkweed tussock moth, strictly speaking. What is sometimes called a milkweed tussock moth or milkweed tussock caterpillar is more properly called a milkweed tiger moth/caterpillar
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A little memory refresher from a friend of yours.

haha I'd clearly forgotten! Maybe this time I'll remember.
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I was going through the milkweed tiger discussion with someone a couple nights. Told them harlequin caterpillar is another common name. Then pulled out my 1916 copy of 1903's The Moth Book by WJ Holland. Back then, the common name was "The Milk-weed Moth."

I'm curious when "tussock" started being used when referring to some tiger moths. I'm guessing there are about 30 species caught up in this misrepresentation. The Holland book did not do it. I looked at some old research from the '30s and '40s and did not see it there. Golden Nature Guide came out in '62 and said milkweed tiger. There are three others in the book that are "tiger" instead of the incorrect "tussock." There are zero tiger moths referred to as tussock. Reading about who wrote the book and the entomologists who were consulted, it would appear "tiger" was the common name in use in '62.
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Guess I should post a 2019 caterpillar.

This is my first ever cloudless sulphur. I was planting seeds when I got to watch mama cloudless sulphur lay eggs on my partridge pea (planted expressly for this to happen). Caterpillar hatched on August 9th. The thing to the left is a pin tip.
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Guess I should post a 2019 caterpillar.

This is my first ever cloudless sulphur. I was planting seeds when I got to watch mama cloudless sulphur lay eggs on my partridge pea (planted expressly for this to happen). Caterpillar hatched on August 9th. The thing to the left is a pin tip.

Nice!
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