Saddleback Caterpillar

p1020324cOur kids LOVE to play outdoors.  They create and imagine.  They capture creatures too.  We have a release rule here, you know.  Of course they were delighted to find this cute & colorful little guy.  He was picked up and caged to show as a trophy to mom.  “W-A-I-T, don’t touch it again!” says I to them.  We describe him in the search bar and are pleased to identify him quickly:

Saddleback Caterpillar

A Stinging Slug Caterpillar with Warning Colouration

The caterpillars have stinging hairs all over their body, especially on the ‘horns’ that poke out at either end. These hairs can inject a venom from poison sacs carried at their base, and the very painful sting can cause humans problems for days.   It often lurks in the shade under leaves, and its striking pattern can make it irresistible for children.

Ya don’t say!  They were right about the irresistible part.  Thankfully, there were no stings and now they believe me when I tell them to put their shoes on before going outside!

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2 Responses to Saddleback Caterpillar

  1. Bishop says:

    That’s really neat! God is so creative!

  2. Melody says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog! Great photos of the kids! We will have to check out those gardens since we are so close to Lake Wales! Thank you for all of your help with unpacking Wendy, Adeline, Ellie, and Aiden! And thank you for helping with Matthew James and Clara! And thank you for my gifts!

    Love, Melody

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