Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Beautiful yellow caterpillar

 
pollinator
Posts: 312
Location: Quebec, Canada
40
hugelkultur forest garden trees urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator


I found this beautiful caterpillar on one of my Sea Buckthorn (seaberry) plants.  There seemed to be no damage, but I removed it and placed it far away from my plants.  I could not bear to kill it since it was so beautiful.

Can anyone identify this caterpillar?  I would like to know if I should be concerned.

Go Permaculture Food Forest - our suburban permaculture journey
 
master pollinator
Posts: 11364
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
739
cat forest garden fish trees chicken fiber arts wood heat greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Wow, gorgeous!  That looks like it's some kind of Tussock Moth caterpillar, who eat a lot of things, but I would not personally worry about it.  http://insects.about.com/od/photography/ig/Tussock-Moth-Caterpillars/
 
master steward & author
Posts: 16270
Location: Left Coast Canada
3827
books chicken cooking fiber arts sheep writing
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Wow!  That is beautiful.

the people at bugguide will be able to confirm what it is and what it eats.  

It may even be a wild silkmoth (there are several dozen varieties of moth that produce silk we can use for making cloth, only one is truly domesticated).  I think there is great potential for careful use of wild silkmoths.
 
Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Seuss. Tiny ad:
Dave Burton's Boot Adventures at Wheaton Labs and Basecamp
https://permies.com/t/119676/permaculture-projects/Dave-Burton-Boot-Adventures-Wheaton
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!