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Nature's Toothbrush? | by Distant Hill Gardens
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Nature's Toothbrush?

A White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma) feeding on a Rugosa Rose (Rosa Rugosa) at Distant Hill Gardens. It looks a bit like a toothbrush, but I don't recommend using it as one. Contact with the poisonous hairs or spines of the White-marked tussock moth caterpillar can cause skin rashes.

 

FYI - The color of the tufts may vary from white to yellow.

 

For more info on this interesting family of insects, the Tussock Moths, visit my blog:

www.distanthillgardens.org/2012/12/15/life-on-distant-hil...

 

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Taken on July 7, 2012