May 3, 2009

Double-You Tee Aitch

This is the boogery little something we found in the leaves we brought in to feed our Pestilent Vermins. Maisy calls him Tiny Ted but the rest of us call him Mookvonavich. Maisy says Tiny Ted is a nickname...for Mookvonavich. He must be a Russian Mafia bug. *shrug*

mook-ted.jpg

We have NO IDEA what he will cocoon up into and we can't find him on the WHAT IS THIS CATERPILLAR database, but he has white furs, an orange face, interesting body dots, two wavy deedlies on his head (You can see them clearly in the middle picture, where Mook looks like he just finished his floor routine and stuck the landing at the summer Olympics) and he also has one spare butt butt deedlie, for fooling birds.

He eats leaves, poops, likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, and if he is biologically slated to cocoon up and morph into 100 Brown Recluse Spiders, I am going to be deeply disappointed in him.

Posted by joshilyn at May 3, 2009 7:15 AM
Comments

Looks to be another moth, though not quite so bad. I'm thinking the White Marked Tussock Moth shown on www.hsu.edu/content.aspx?id=7435
(adult on http://tdserver1.fnal.gov/peterson/tom/Moths/Lymantriidae/Lymantriidae-Pages/WhiteMarkedTussockMoth.html)

Perhaps you could start a whole farm of kudzu, velvet ants, palmetto bugs, black widows, etc. It would keep unwanted people away, anyhow.

Posted by: Brigitte at May 3, 2009 8:11 AM

What a NEAT crawly guy (or gal)!

Posted by: Coast Rat at May 3, 2009 10:02 AM

This, the most attractive and intriguing of all your creepy-crawlies, you brought in to feed to the Pestilent Vermins? How could you? Feed the PVs to him. Put a little bib on his neck (if you can find it) and let him feast. Maybe he'd like to eat the tents for dessert.

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at May 3, 2009 10:12 AM

Are you sure you didn't just make him up out of pipe cleaners? He looks too sparkly new and brilliantly white and vivaciously orange to be really real.

I'm not a big fan of insects in general, but he (or she) is pretty darned impressive!

Posted by: Fran at May 3, 2009 11:44 AM

Hee! If it's not the name of a mixed drink, it SHOULD be.

Spare Butt Deedlies all around!

Posted by: Jennifer at May 3, 2009 4:51 PM

You can upload his picture at Bugguide.net. There are people there who love ID'ing bugs and they would appreciate these good photos too.

Posted by: firefly at May 3, 2009 7:35 PM

Georgia must be quite the wild and woolly place, if every handful of leaves produces such strange bugs.

Posted by: Holly at May 3, 2009 8:11 PM

And maybe he'd eat garlic mustard, The Scourge of the Forest! Just on the offchance, say the word and I'll send off a carton of the stuff. Stick them in a closet and let 'em duke it out, say I!

Posted by: rams at May 3, 2009 9:13 PM

I agree with Fran, he's far to pretty and personable to be a real bug. He must be fake. Or you invented him - a shiny, glitzy beautiful buggy bug. In which case you are God.

OMG, God? Is that you? It's me, Bug!

Posted by: wickedmess at May 4, 2009 12:38 AM

I have nothing pithy to say. . .but you are totally crackin' me up with all of your furry creature thingies. Good lands!!!

Posted by: Roxanne at May 4, 2009 12:49 AM

Oh he's so cute. Or she. How do you check? Looks like a Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Google told me. The Google knows everything.
http://entnem.ufl.edu/foltz/eny3541/Tussock/Orgyia.htm

Posted by: Debra at May 4, 2009 6:36 AM

I'm officially developing a complex. My comment disappeared AGAIN. :(

Posted by: Aimee at May 4, 2009 2:09 PM

Check that. What I am developing is TEH STUPID. I posted on your other entry.

Posted by: Aimee at May 4, 2009 2:10 PM

Mir has the Black Widow Starter Kit if you need it...

Posted by: tuney at May 4, 2009 11:14 PM