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Old Sep 24, 2009, 12:01 PM   #11
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More good ones on a different theme.

The Saddleback's scientific name, Acharia (Sibine) stimulea, speaks well to the urticaria produced by the sting of the hairs of this moth caterpillar.

What is the "native Southeastern US tree" - the Paw Paw (Asimina triloba)?
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I did enjoy these shots, especially the caterpillars, well done.

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That saddleback worm is really cool-looking, even if it does sting. I've never seen anything like it.
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Thanks for the kind & positive comments!

GW - Thanks! Just be sure you don't try to ride that pony, or even pet it!!

Penolta - Glad you liked them! Yes, it's Paw Paw. Have you heard any theories as to why they are declining? Sure would hate to lose another species...

Rodney - Thanks so much! When the Brown-Hooded Owlet caterpillar gets a bit bigger, it's even more amazing-looking - with additional red & orange stripes. I have a photo of one from last year, but taken BP (before Pentax) with my old powershot. Would you like me to post that one sometime too?

Harriet - Yes, quite an amazing little piece of His creation! It's part of a group of caterpillars known as slug moth caterpillars. (The Spiny Oak Slugmoth Caterpillar that I posted a few weeks ago is in the same group.) When this caterpillar "grows up" into a moth, it is rather drab-looking, and no longer has the protection of all those "stingers."
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Old Sep 25, 2009, 12:17 PM   #15
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Penolta - Yes, it's Paw Paw. Have you heard any theories as to why they are declining? Sure would hate to lose another species..."
No - each species has different requirements, but plants everywhere are being stressed by climatic change - some being more sensitive than others. Whether it is warmer temperatures, regional drought or excessive rainfall, acid rain, other pollutants, or disease, I couldn't guess. As a known example, drought weakened conifers throughout the mountain west have been dying by the millions (fueling many of those extensive fires) as they are affected by disease associated with increasing infestations of tree boring bark beetles, which, due to the warming climate, now have three broods a year rather than the normal one. The Western fire season now lasts 12 months, rather than the historic three or four months, due to our overall warmer and drier regional climate.
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Old Sep 25, 2009, 12:30 PM   #16
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Great set of pics!

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Wonderful, mole. Lovely adventure.

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Old Sep 25, 2009, 9:22 PM   #18
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Great series! #3 on the Shadow Darner for me. The head macro is fantastic! The Saddleback worm is a fascinating looking creature.

The Owlet moth caterpillar is quite attractive. I for one would love to see your Picture of the Brown-Hooded Caterpillar.

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More excellent shots there Mole, especially the caterpillars.

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Old Sep 28, 2009, 5:25 AM   #20
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Hiro - Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed them!

Patty - Thanks! It was a fun adventure "in real life" too!

Tim - thank for your kind words!

Lou - thanks for the feedback on the Shadow Darners. This was another of those "happy coincidences" of being in the right place at the right time. As per your request, here are two photos of the owlet caterpillar at a later stage in its life cycle (taken last year with a Canon powershot)
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