Milkweed tussock caterpillar- Euchaetes egle

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I went out to check the progress seed pods were making on the Asclepias tuberosa plants and was surprise to see a very interesting caterpillar on one of the leaves, then looked closer and found another leaf with not one but two caterpillars.

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I discovered that the seed pods are progressing nicely, but what were those caterpillars?  Research on the Internet as I matched my pictures of the caterpillars with caterpillar sites revealed that the caterpillars belong to a moth.  Not as exciting as belonging to a butterfly, in my view.

Armed with the name of the interesting looking little creature I now could search further and found several bloggers who were seemingly as taken aback at finding the little caterpillar on their plants as I had been.

One blogger had a posted a link to a bug guide which took one to a page about the moth as well as the caterpillar

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For more information about the milkweed tussock, click here

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