Posts tagged caterpillars
I wait for these little critters to appear every year along the edge of the water canal at the east end of Water St. These cinnabar moth caterpillars eat the wild tangsy ragwort like it’s going out of style. Farmers use them to get rid of the ragwort because it’s poisonous to horses and cattle.
Click on the thumbnail at right to see a close-up view of one of the caterpillars.
This cinnabar caterpillar was hanging out on a railing on the south end of 4th Ave. the other day. I posted a photo of some of these last year and jokingly called it ‘infestation.’ I was quickly schooled in how helpful these caterpillars are, as they are used by farmers to eat tansy ragwort, which is poisonous to cattle and horses.
So, no more jokes from me about these caterpillars. Except to say the name ‘cinnabar’ makes me think of ‘cinnamon,’ which makes me hungry for cinnamon toast.
This little fella (assuming it is a he, of course) was climbing on the back of my house a couple of days ago. I don’t know what kind of caterpillar he is, but he’s cute.
I moved him to a nearby tree after I took this photo. I hope he’s not the destructive kind of moth/butterfly when he gets older.
Guest photographer Jon Goodman sent in today’s awesome macro photo. His description:
This Wooly Bear (or Fuzzy Wuzzy) caterpillar was found on the access road next to the Salem Ditch across from Pioneer Park.
Proof positive it pays to stop and appreciate the little things. Thanks, Jon!