This Is a Crowned slug moth, I found it in September and four days later it made its cocoon.
The caterpillar eats oak, cherry, maple, hickory, elm and other woody plants.
The first instar (first stage after emerging from the egg) does not usually eat. But the caterpillar is only in this stage for a day or two. The second and third instar eats in zig-zag patterns.
Crowned slug moth larva has stinging hairs along the the ends of its body, two red dots on lower end of body and the front end crested with orange or red. So don’t touch it with bare hands! It only grows to 1.5 cm long.
This is the first time I have found one of these. Since it is in the cocoon right now, it appears to overwinter. I assume it will emerge in April or May like my Eastern Black Swallowtails did. I am looking forward to seeing what happens!
Sunday, the littlest alpaca, Aurra Sing,Â who is six months old, got stuck in one of the fences and skinned her left back kneeÂ raw and hurt her front leg too. Mark carried her into the barn because she could not walk.Â Megan petted Sing to keep her calm. Mark called the vet, the vet told Mark to keep her in a separate pen and call him in the morning to see how she was.Â Â WhileÂ Mark was talking to the Vet, I watched Sing and got a pen ready for her.
Monday, Sing could walk if someone helped her up but she was limping. The Vet prescribed some medicine for her. We did school Â in the pen with her and I got this cute picture of Mark andÂ Aurra Sing.
She is doing lots better today but still is a little stiff. Â We are praying that her leg gets better soon.