Monday, July 24, 2006

Yellow critter...

Frommage and I found this critter on an overgrown gravel
driveway leading to an abandoned cabin out near Harding Lake.
We've both grown up in this area and have NEVER seen
a caterpillar like this! 2" long, bright yellow, dark dorsal stripe,
black dots along each side....
As soon as we got home, we looked online to identify him.

It's Cimbex americana, an elm sawfly larvae. There are no
elms native to this region, but they do feed on birch, willow
and aspen. I found this image courtesy of Forestry Images.
What a beautiful creature. Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

bugheart said...

i so agree!!!