Rock Climber Caterpillar

© Wally Orlowsky

Rock Climber Caterpillar

Michele Peterson level-classic October 14, 2017

Great details on this little critter, and I love the brick as the background, really making that color color stand out! I did not know they were poisonous.... I'm not sure if we have this type here, but will remember not to pick one up if I see it! #1697689

Martha R. Mazon level-classic October 14, 2017

I guess he appreciated your gentle and respectful treatment, Wally! Great detail, tones and perspective. #11649214

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 14, 2017

All that vivid color and spiky hairs seems to scream "don't touch!" ;) Glad you escaped unharmed, and with a terrific close-up! #11649367

Bob Cournoyer level-classic October 14, 2017

Really stands out with your setup!! Glad you're still rash free... :-) #11649410

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic October 15, 2017

Great close up of this nasty caterpillar. In the ocean diving, we were always told not to touch anything red. Well, those rules must not be the same; great detail. #11649424

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Description

OK, bricks, not rocks. This caterpillar was crawling on my shoe. I picked it up and it willingly posed wherever I put it (including on these bricks). I took a shot with it on my thumb while holding the camera in my other hand. I discovered it is an American Dagger Moth caterpillar. They can "sting" leaving a painful rash. Actually, the hollow hairs break off and embed in the skin with their toxins. Guess it liked me or I got lucky.

Uploaded on October 14, 2017
Entered into contest on 2017-10-14 08:59:56


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