October 12, 2009
This was crawling on the rim of
my dogs' water dish out on the deck.
Would they have been in for an
unpleasant surprise had I not come
across this before they chose to
quench their thirst!
The urticating spines emanating
from the horns cause a major
"owee" when touched. So don't. Not
that anyone in their right mind would.
the most impressive aesthetic expression
of their existence, from a human standpoint, lies in the larval stage.
I moved it to a nearby cherry tree, well out of reach of my terriers' fleshy sniffers.
October 12, 2010
Here we are exactly one year later with a cocoon. It's obviously not the same individual, but spun from a caterpillar I found on our redbud tree.