Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week - Palthis Moth Caterpillar

A Palthis moth caterpillar.

There are two species that can be found in our yard, P. angulalis and P. asopialis. I do not know which this is. If you can ID it from these images please let me know in the comments!

I found this critter on top of one of the posts of our deck railing on March 3rd. The high temperature that day was 45° F, although it had been in the sixties just a few days prior. But the temps for the coming week would be in the thirties.

So I wonder how this little critter, and it is little, fared.

Hopefully, we'll see the moth it turned into when we fire up the moth light later this month.


The moth this caterpillar will turn into has a very curious feature, as seen in the image below.

Image courtesy of Ann-Marie Woods

My friend Ann-Marie, and expert moth-er, shared this image, showing the scales the look like hair growing out of the moth's head. As she notes in the image comments, this structure is used for finding a mate. Which results in eggs. Which result in caterpillars. Which result in pictures. Which result in a blog post.


You can find all of the Yard Critter posts listed here.

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