Wednesday, August 25, 2010
While putzing around out in the gardens today, I found one of the creepiest looking critters I have ever seen. While he is beautiful in his own right, I am extremely glad that he is only an inch or so long because he looks down right dangerous and is!!
Apparently, my photo shoot subject of the day is a saddleback caterpillar also known as a "packsaddle." They are a native North American species found in late summer and fall and are quite the dangerous little fellers. The yellow things that appear to be eyes, are in actuality, its rear end. It has a set of horns on both ends and is also venomous. The stings can be quite painful, cause nausea and a nasty rash that can last for several days. I am very glad he was on a piece of downed corn that I could just scoop up. He probably would have sent my allergic behind to the hospital.