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#1 Delmar ONLINE  

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 05:30 PM

I was under my truck this afternoon checking u-joints and crawled out from under and saw this fella in the grass.  Glad I did not step on him....he should be transforming soon and heading south!  This is a monarch butterfly caterpillar, I think.  He did not like the idea of being on the hood of the truck to allow a photo op...  He has since then been carefully put back where I found him....

 

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Edited by Delmar, September 23, 2014 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 05:52 PM

Very cool, I hope he makes it thru all his changes and his trip to the warm country this winter. Thanks for sharing. :thumbs: 


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Posted September 23, 2014 - 06:18 PM

Thank you for sharing the photos. The transformation of the caterpillar is amazing! I've seen a few monarch butterflies this year, and a few woolly caterpillars, but not many.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 06:32 PM

I love monarchs. They seem to be coming back along with the milkweed.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 06:33 PM

Not a Monarch. Looks like a tomato horn worm to me. Loves to eat up tomato plants.

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Posted September 23, 2014 - 07:16 PM

Was he puffing on a pipe?  If so Alice is looking for him.   :D   Rick

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Posted September 24, 2014 - 01:46 AM

Monarch caterpillars are white, yellow and black striped, remind me of a zebra for some reason. Hornworms turn into moths, big ones, as I recall.

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Posted September 24, 2014 - 06:17 AM

Odds are he'll become bird food! :D



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Posted September 25, 2014 - 07:42 AM

Those will eat a tomato plant in no time.



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Posted September 25, 2014 - 07:50 AM

That is a cut worm or a horned caterpillar I believe and BTS is right they will mess a mater plant up quick


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Posted September 25, 2014 - 07:54 AM

Try going here. http://m.almanac.com...omato-hornworms that will help. That is the first time I embedded a like hope it works


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