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Big fluffy yellow caterpillars

Discussion in 'Diseases & Pests' started by bills, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Aug 20, 2008
    bills

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    Just the last two days I have noticed several of these showing up in my veggie, and flower gardens. They are a pale yellow, about 1-1/2" long, and very fuzzy.

    I have never seen this kind before in my entire life, and was curious as to what moth, or butterfly may lay them. They are one of the fastest moving caterpillars I have ever seen. They can cover the ground about two feet a minute.:eek:

    I haven't noticed any damage to speak of from them to plants, but time will tell. So far the ones I have spotted, I have cut in half, or fed to the fish.

    Any clue's to what they might be?
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    Grow 4 Food

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    If they were at my house they would be chicken feed caterpillars.

    :lol:
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    Hey bills! I've noticed one too. Only difference is that I was describing it as a blonde caterpillar. They look like the ones that are typically orange and black striped and fuzzy, except they are all straw-colored.
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    bills

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    I believe the blonde one you saw, was not it's natural hair color, but a dye job..:lol: Probably out looking for a sugar daddy...:lol:

    I do see the odd orange and black fuzzy's around. Those I have seen since I was a kid, it's this yellow one that has my curiosity up. I did some google searching, and there were a few similar ones listed. It's definitely not the "Laugher", which has a black face, or a Dagger Moth caterpillar, as it doesn't have the black spike.

    It looks just like this one.
    http://photo.xanga.com/Yoshiprongha/2927365300703/photo.html
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    Possibly a Yellow Bear ? Or, er, should I say a bleach blonde looking for her wooly bear (the orange & black caterpillars)? :p

    I think I did see the moth around earlier in the season and the range looks about right.
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    DrakeMaiden

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    This site has good photos of the color variations of the caterpillar.

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