Named for Neck Color

I hope this is not an insult to the caterpillars. (“You talkin’ to me woman?”)

They are named for their yellow necks, Yellow-necked caterpillars(Datana ministra)

They appear every year on the same little oak.

I notice because the leaves disappear due to skeletonization. Which is a fancy way of saying everything is eaten but the veins.

I purposely disturb them just to watch them twitch.  They go into defense posture.

The adult moth is called the Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth.  Ho Hum!

It looks like a rolled brown leaf with a scalloped end.  I have never seen one in person.

The poor moth can’t live down its baby nickname.  Kind of like “Stinky” or “Tootie.”

Flower

21 thoughts on “Named for Neck Color

  1. Ha! I have just come indoors from admiring our new silver birch tree. I noticed a single leaf had been nibbled and on the leaf next door were 4 tiny green caterpillars ranged along on edge of the leaf. I touched the other edge…. 4 angry caterpillars reared up as one. I chose to leave them on their leaf. Maybe I should check on them early tomorrow though… This tree was a special gift; I can’t afford for the babies to eat the lot!

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  2. Love the way you describe some of nature’s creatures. Must laugh – because you seem to be enjoying yourself very much. Stinky and Tootie are quite funny. Looks like fun disturbing these creatures that eat your plants. Ho-Hum on the names for sure. Ha Ha

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      1. Yes, I guess I should write a book about my experience on the reservation. Have only written one book that I publishes – about caring for my brother who had dementia. Have written 3 books that I hope to publish someday.

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      2. My daughter and granddaughter helped me publish my book on Amazon Kindle. It cost nothing – Amazon just takes a percentage of the sales. You need to find a friend in your area – smarter than I am at technology to publish your book. Will check out your blog on epilepsy. So sorry your daughter has that problem.

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