Hanging by a Thread

I found this caterpillar hanging by a silk thread several feet below a tree.

I tried to get a different angle for the photograph by blowing on the caterpillar a little.  That was a mistake, as it caused it to drop to the ground.

I tried to get a better view of it by digging in the grass.  That only caused the caterpillar to curl up like a ball.

I think this is the caterpillar of the sycamore tussock moth, Halysidota harrisii.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to Hanging by a Thread

  1. Scott says:

    Wow. Great pictures. Especially that first one. Incredible.

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