My trip down a walking path found me “face to face with a fuzzy little guy” hanging from an invisible string from a tree. When I picked him up and took him home with me I didn’t know I would be entering the world of entomology that day.
After checking many sources trying to identify this colorful active caterpillar, I’ve come to this conclusion that he is:“The forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria. It can be distinguished by the keyhole-shaped spots along its back. Full-grown larvae have light-blue heads speckled with black and are sparsely covered with fine, whitish hairs.” Source: University Kentucky
Now that I know the adult will just be a “Moth” with two dark brown stripes on the front wings, I took him back and left him where I found him.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, May 31, 2013