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    Another Unknown Critter

    This one is on my Chestnut Rose bush. Don't be fooled by the size of the rose leaves. They are really tiny compared to a regular rose leaf.

    It doesn't seem to be chowing down on anything and I made several trips back and forth from the house, checking on him (200 ft. or more each way). He was still there and had not moved, so despite slightly windy conditions, I decided to get my camera.

    Here ya go...
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    Chestnut Rose bud and bloom pic taken early this past spring...
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    Ann ,
    At first glance I thought it might be a tent catapiller but after googling it, I see I was wrong. It might be a catapillar getting ready to build his coccoon.
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    It is amazing to watch little critters like this. And the chestnut rose is so beautiful too.
    Dave

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    Ann...while playing Nancy Drew I believe I may have found a name for your fuzzy friend--- Halysidota cinctipes or Florida Tussock Moth (larva) found in only ... duh ... Florida. He's closely related to the Halysidota tessellaris or Banded Tussock Moth. It's found in the east except southernmost parts of Florida and Texas. Google him and see what you think.
    Patsy

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    That's him all right!

    Gee! You are GOOD!!!!!!!

    Ann B.
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    Absolutely adore the rose, my favourite colour pink

    That moth caterpillar would definitely be left sitting on any of my bushes - he would be off to heaven.
    Abby

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    Thank you for the compliment, Ann...but I think I'm really just a little buggy
    Patsy

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