Pin-striped Vermilion Slug

Pin-striped Vermilion Slug… a very interesting name. When I first noticed this little thing crawling on the thorned stem it reminded me of a watermelon! This slug is about an inch long (I really need to start bringing my ruler with me) and has patches of stingy hairs on its back, only on the orange stripe, to protect itself from getting nabbed by any predators.

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Pin-striped Vermilion Slug Moth | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

This is the larvae stage, slug caterpillar, of the Pin-stripe Vermilion Moth.

 

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Pin-striped Vermilion Slug Moth | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

 

 

This is one of the cutest creatures I have encountered while out exploring and photographing nature. I do love the orange and green since that’s the color theme I selected for the magazine! Again, for me, nature always gives me the answers I seek.


Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/39702

Slug Moths – A Tale in Two Parts

 

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