American tussock moth caterpillars videos


This video from the USA says about itself:

13 September 2017

Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris) comes in a variety of colors – this is the white variety. Called “Tussock moth” for the tufts of hair on the caterpillar. (tussock = a tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock–Wiktionary).

The long black and white “lashes” front and rear shout out – danger! “Don’t touch me”. Indeed they are akin to extremely small sharp needles. A skin irritation and sometimes a severe allergic reaction can occur when contacting the sharp spines which are said to have a feel like rubbing raw fiberglass threads into your skin. This one is in a rush to pig out and then cocoon-up for the winter! The wildest looking variety of Tussock Moth caterpillar, the white-marked can be seen below here.

It’s wild caterpillar time again on the deck, last year I didn’t see this caterpillar until October – what does that mean for winter?

This video from the USA says about itself:

2 November 2013

The Sound of Caterpillar Footsteps – I captured the sound of the footsteps of this caterpillar’s six big feet doing the double-time down a deck railing (from 00:10 to 00:30) – despite a loud leaf blower in the distance.

A fascinating creature, and one of the more bizarre caterpillars in nature – the larva of the White-Marked Tussock Moth is a combination of stunning beauty and obvious danger and knows how to struts its stuff. With a “toothbrush” on its back, cactus-like needles all over and red warning lights this caterpillar is shouting out – danger! “Don’t touch me”. … Nevertheless, these are interesting creatures to hang with for a short time as they always seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere.

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