07.18.2020 Shaggy

There’s a lot more happening at the Milkweed Inn than just monarchs, although there can never be too many monarchs.ย  There are milkweed beetles which I shared the other day, milkweed bugs which I have yet to photograph this year, other assorted individuals, and Milkweed Tussock Moth-Euchaetes egle caterpillars.

Probably not much fun for a predator to swallow.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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40 Responses to 07.18.2020 Shaggy

  1. Val says:

    It looks like a carpet-sweeper brush that’s met some paint!

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  2. Minna says:

    Strange looking creature๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. You could pass it off as a bottle brush.

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  4. Littlesundog says:

    That resembles me on a bad hair day!

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  5. Nice Steve! That is one COOL caterpillar! One park near us has a lot of milkweed, but never saw one of those! A lot of milkweed bugs though!

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    • I have now had all four (monarch, milkweed bug and beetle, and tussock) visit the milkweed this year including a few other insects as well. The USDA range map shows them in your area so it’s just a matter of time.


  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Odd little critter! I can imagine that any predator that tried to swallow it would regret it!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    What a neat little creature. I looked at the moth, and saw that it keeps that orange and black color scheme. I suppose that’s how ‘tiger’ got applied to it. It’s interesting that so many insects make use of the Monarch’s colors, even if the adaptations are quite variable. It’s still a good “leave me alone” sign for predators.

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  8. I see Val and Steve were both thinking of brushes, and me too, although I guess ol’ Euchaetes Egle here would bristle at the suggestion.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    It definitely telegraphs, “Don’t touch me!”

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    • I never have so don’t really know how ‘bristly’ those bristle might be. Maybe I should pet one.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        Tussock moths often have toxins on those bristles, the white and black ones we see in August give sensitive folks bad rashes. I wouldn’t be tempted!

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      • I was just kidding. I wouldn’t touch anything wild so as not to stress them. I didn’t know about tussocks in particular but do know that many caterpillars’ bristly hairs can be irritating as a defense mechanism. And, of course, anything that eats milkweed is naturally toxic to boot.

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  10. Hannah Keene says:

    He looks like I could scrub out some encrusted dirt with his bristles!

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  11. krikitarts says:

    Definitely a convincing case of caveat predator.

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  12. Maria says:

    This is so surreal! The colors and framing.


  13. Reminds me of a dog I saw the other day.

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  14. bluebrightly says:

    Such a cool-looking dude! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Dave Ply says:

    You’ve sure been milking your opportunities, that’s fur sure.

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