Friday, September 16, 2011
Greenie & Fluffy.
I placed Greenie on a leaf, and lifted her up into a tree. She took hold and crawled skyward. A girl in grade 2 asked me, "Why didn't you take it home to show to your mom?"
It's a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar. Polyphemus Moths are large silk moths (Saturniidae). The adults look like this.
A woman beckoned me over to the edge of the playground.
Update: "Fluffy" has been identified by Neil of Oryctology as a Spotted Tussock Moth, Lophocampa maculata. Neil doesn't post much to his blog, but his Twittering @microecos is a wealth of genius humour and zoological coolness. #FF @microecos!
Also, it appears that Fluffy really didn't want to be up a tree. He wanted to find a place down below to pupate. Fluff, school playground not a good choice.
Photos courtesy of cheapo cellphone.