Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae). Many slow-moving insects are camouflaged to hide from predators. This hairy caterpillar uses the opposite approach: its colors warn predators not to eat it. The hairs are stinging spines that can deliver a dose of toxins. This defensive mechanism can cause a skin rash for people, if they touch this little creature.
In a few weeks, this caterpillar will weave a cocoon. After winter is over, it will emerge as a moth.
The Discover Life website has a useful tool for identifying caterpillars.
Lake St. Clair Metropark banding report - May 6-14, 2017 - Banding the first half of May had some challenges, and many rewards. The first day we planned to band, May 5, was rained out and on two days the park opene...
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