I love it when Lindsey and I take walks on our place. I've always called her my "nature girl" because of her incredible interest and fascination with all things nature: animals, bugs, rocks, leaves, flowers and even scat.
Yesterday, after we voted together, we spent the afternoon just doing Mamma/Daughter things. We perused some cookie magazines because we plan to get together on Thursday to make a few batches of cookies. We talked and we took a walk along an old logging road that runs through our property.
We saw this beautiful black and white striped caterpillar. As always has been the habit of my "nature girl," she had to do a little research to find out what kind of critter this was. She spent a couple of hours on-line trying to find an identity but to no avail. Her best guess was that it is possibly a catalpa caterpillar but there are a couple of distinctive differences that cause us to think not. We finally decided we would submit the photo to whatsthatbug.com in hopes they will be able to identify it.
If anyone out there has a clue, please tell us!
Lindsey is a pit bull when it comes to finding out what she wants. The chicken went to her college library after class and looked through several books to find out that this rare and elusive caterpillar (not really) is called a turbulent phosphila which morphs into a rather common looking moth.