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Posted: Jan/17/2007 4:15 PM PST

[IMG]http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r146/nickl z_photos/17Jan07-1caterpillar.jpg[/IMG]

It was on my front porch right by the driveway and it was a fast little thing! Any ideas what kind it is? I've seen yellow ones like it, but never a white one. I don't know what the yellow ones are either.
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 5:35 PM PST

Poe, i'm guessing that's some type of Tussock moth caterpillar. best way to find out what he is? see what he's feeding on and then capture and 'grow him'. put the foliage he's eating in with him. you could try using an old aquarium tank or whatever you have handy to house him while he goes thru the stages of becoming a moth.

i found this cool caterpillar site while i was searching the net. check out some of these caterpillars!...http://www.whatsthatbug.com/cat erpillar_3.html
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 5:48 PM PST

That site is wonderful! Thanks! I took that picture last fall so it's probably just waiting to emerge in the warm weather. If I find another one in the future I'll try to find out the feeding habits and stuff.
I took about 4 pictures of it, but that one turned out the best probably because of the color contrasts.
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 5:53 PM PST

when i was a kid my Dad made me a caterpillar cage. it was a wooden frame with screen on all sides and the top was the same. it was so much fun to watch the metamorphosis. for tomato worms who go into chrysalis in the ground i used to put dirt in a large glass jar and watch them burrow down and form their next stage. it was almost like watching ants in an ant farm.
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 6:02 PM PST

I had a cecropia when I was a kid and it laid eggs. It was in a box with plastic wrap, but when it rained it died. Mom wouldn't let me bring it in the house so it didn't fair well.
I like bugs. And I think you put me on the right track.
http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm ?imgnum=0488007

possibly looking like this one eventually?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56825
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 6:09 PM PST

I think he's Pepe LePew in reverse.

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Posted: Jan/17/2007 6:28 PM PST

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Originally posted by poetic peony
I had a cecropia when I was a kid and it laid eggs. It was in a box with plastic wrap, but when it rained it died. Mom wouldn't let me bring it in the house so it didn't fair well.
I like bugs. And I think you put me on the right track.
http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm ?imgnum=0488007

possibly looking like this one eventually?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56825


i got lucky, Poe. my Mom tolerated my fascination with bugs and odd critters so i had lizards, caterpillars, spiders, ant farms, etc. i tried to pass that along to my kids.

looks like you tracked your 'pillar down!
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 8:27 PM PST

sweetle's been in the rum again...........

I had critters, but most we outside when they were of the bug department.
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Posted: Jan/17/2007 8:41 PM PST

DONT TOUCH THAT CRITTER WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!!

they let out/off a allergic poison! If you are allergic that is!

My nieces were playing with one and broke out everywhere they touched theirselves ended up in the emergency room!

It doesnt bother some people.

BTW... Great site Foz!

gotta go back and read the rest of the posts I just thought Id give that warning real quick!!


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Posted: Jan/17/2007 9:08 PM PST

Yeah, I knew that, but others might not so good to post it. Things with pencils like that on them I don't touch unless it's with a stick or something.
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