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Nature's bristle brush The later instar hairy caterpillars of the milkweed tussock moth look like a cross between a bristle brush and a fuzzy dachshund. Bright colouration aids in deterring potential predators. 20 mm length.<br />
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 Arthropod,Caterpillar,Euchaetes egle,Geotagged,Lepidoptera,Macro,Milkweed Tussock Moth,Summer,USA,United States,fauna,insect,invertebrate,pennsylvania Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Nature's bristle brush

The later instar hairy caterpillars of the milkweed tussock moth look like a cross between a bristle brush and a fuzzy dachshund. Bright colouration aids in deterring potential predators. 20 mm length.

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  1. Who'd have thought such an exotic creature in the Midwest! Posted 4 years ago
    1. It was a delight being introduced to this little character when visiting PA, Barry - so bright and bristly and until it moved, I couldn't work out which end was which! Posted 4 years ago
  2. Yes, one of the great things about JungleDragon is that it has gotten me to slow down and look around at the smaller creatures we share our world with and I have been amazed by some of the things that I had never noticed before. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Words to live by, Barry! Posted 4 years ago
    2. It's a wonderful and awe-inspiring world down at that level. Since early childhood and being fascinated by the earthworms in my father's garden, the small and often over-looked have kept me entranced. So lovely to learn you are noticing such things now Barry. That's fantastic. Posted 4 years ago

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"Euchaetes egle" is a moth in the family Arctiidae. It is a common mid- through late-summer feeder on milkweeds and dogbane. Like most species in this family, it has chemical defenses it acquires from its host plants, in this case, cardiac glycosides. These are retained in adults and deter bats, and presumably other predators, from feeding on them. Adults indicate their unpalatability with clicks from their tymbal organs.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Sep 4, 2018. Captured Aug 31, 2015 14:56 in 802 Fayette Ave, Brownsville, PA 15417, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/3.2
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm