“If I could just make it over the top of this rock … escape is in sight!” — Quoth the spiny caterpillar.

Thanks to our friendly neighborhood extension urban entomologist for the ID on this fellow and his kin:  the Eastern Buck moth, Hemileuca maia.

Yet another update — It seems we’ve got this whole escape thing backwards where the buck moth caterpillar is concerned.  See “Look, but don’t touch, buck moth caterpillars.”  Run away!

 

Black spiny caterpillar.
Single caterpillar tries to make a break up and over a rock. One face of the rock  in the woods was covered with scores of other spiny brethren.

Other escape artists:

And the mother page of escapery: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/photo-challenge-escape/

18 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Escape (UPDATE 2)

  1. Anytime you can use the word quoth I think it’s been a good day! Crazy caterpillar- I’m curious to know what the ID is on it as well.

      1. Ha ha! That’s not too hard some days! Just getting that shot, it seemed like everything was confounding: the low-slung branches grabbing my hat, the steep and slick slope that laughed at the grip of my hiking shoes and, of course, gravity, made that one of the more challenging shots.

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