Wednesday, August 25, 2010

creepy critter

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.


  1. Wow...that is the stuff nightmares are made of...

  2. it sure was pretty though... the moth is quite ugly... i went looking it up afterward and i was not impressed

  3. Nice picture - really kind of a beautiful bug with some great defensive abilities. Thanks for sharing.