Little Chewi - Orange and black caterpillar by May Lattanzio

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It is feeding on the flowers of the pine cone ginger lily. The knobby, “pinecone” head of this plant which sprouts flowers from the scallops in sequence, is filled with a sweet smelling, slightly viscous fluid that is reportedly a native American replacement for soap.

The caterpillar is ravenous as most are. This one doubled its size from 1/4" to 1/2 inch in two days.

I will identify and post the name later. I suspect it is a moth cat.

Northwest Florida Panhandle, Bayou George.

Sony W-50.

Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    It’s like a little striped bottle brush!

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, great detail on this little caterpillar

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Wonderful find, good clarity and dof…gina

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago


  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 5 years ago

    Oh! Thank you! What a surprise!

  • Michael Wolf
    Michael Wolfover 5 years ago

    Great macro!

  • bigbear2311
    bigbear2311over 5 years ago

    Great macro shot!!

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