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280 days of Urbpandemonium #188

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At first it looks like an extra large woolly bear, that never developed the reddish brown band. Or maybe it died it's brown setae black as a countercultural fashion statement.

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But then when its picked up, it goes into a defensive curl, revealing bare bands of bright red cuticle. It's another warning, but intended for birds and other predators.

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The giant leopard moth caterpillar Hypercompe scribonia can be handled safely by humans. Please don't squish it, as it will change into a lovely white moth with open black spots, and hidden blue and orange colors on its abdomen. The caterpillar has as broad a taste for plants as the woolly bear, and even includes tropical and subtropical plants like banana and orange. The moth occurs from Texas to Minnesota and everything east of that, including some of the Caribbean islands.

* Very shackled good writer (Scribonia is a Roman given name and an opera character--the name suggests the meaning of good writer: Scribo + bonus; the taxonomist was almost certainly referring to the black markings on the white moth, which resemble writing.)

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froganon
Oct. 12th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)

I do remember when you were allowing the blister beetle free range of your hand in the one entry on your el jay. So that must be the why of the blue gloves then.

I like the gloves. They do make the leopard moth caterpillar stand out. Those I have seen I am sure of that but didn't know what it was.
urbpan
Oct. 12th, 2015 10:01 am (UTC)
I was wearing the blue gloves for a separate, work-related reason. I'll bare-handle a giant leopard moth caterpillar any day! I agree that it makes for nice contrast tho. :)
froganon
Oct. 14th, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)

Bare-handling a blister beetle makes you one of the bravest folks that I've ever run into on the interwebz though!
urbpan
Oct. 14th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Brave is one word for it!
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