Just watched one navigating my backyard the other day. Beautiful creature.
Glad I didn't touch it, only photographed.
On Sun, Sep 15, 2019, 4:26 PM Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I'm personally strongly disinclined to kill any living thing. My concern
> was whether these moths/caterpillars were harmful to trees, etc. a la
> gypsy moths. I've lived through a couple of major and destructive gypsy
> moth events, so I'm a wee bit paranoid. But I just looked these guys up
> and learned that they don't do a lot of damage to trees.
> On Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:17:07 +0000, Ryan Tomazin <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sorry, but there are lots of caterpillars that have these defense
> > mechanisms. There is no need to kill them. I don't mean anything
> > here, but these are native moths.
> > Ryan Tomazin - Pittsburgh, PA
> > ________________________________
> > From: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Jane Stein
> > <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:07 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Take care
> > Thanks very much for the warning! I saw one of these yesterday and
> > wondered what it was, but left it alone. Are these bad guys and should
> > they be squashed?
> > Jane
> > (Shoreham)
> > On Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:25:27 -0400, DAVID MOSHER <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >> Right now there seems to be a lot of white & black fuzzy caterpillars
> > out
> >> there. Do not pick them up. They are the White HIckory Tussock Moth
> >> caterpillar. They are poisonous, can sting and the resulting rash can
> > send
> >> you to the Doctor’s. Kids are curious and like to pick up fuzzy
> >> caterpillars. Take care out there.
> >> Dave