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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Spirit of the Woods Hike- September


Great hike today with seven of us meeting at Pentwater Pathway. One awesome thing was that we attracted several new people who came because this trail system is easy to get to. Because it's a ski trail system there are multiple loops. This made it possible for us to hike together for a while, then one group split off- those who wanted a shorter hike. They returned after doing about a three mile loop.


Four of us continued on and did the six mile loop.

Have you seen these caterpillars on milkweed plants? They are milkweed tiger tussock moth caterpillars (Euchaetes egle) and often eat milkweed late in the season.

tiger tussock moth

I came home and slept all afternoon since I had almost no sleep after work before the hike. I think I'm headed to bed early too!

See Spirit of the Woods- July 2012
See Pentwater Pathway with Ellen
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Duxbury Ramblers said...

Love those caterpillars.

Ann said...

I was looking at the group picture trying to figure out which four of you did the longer hike :)
Interesting caterpillars. I've never seen them before

D.G. Hudson said...

Very interesting caterpillars, like ladies in fancy dress. I always check in to see where you're hiking.

Lin said...

Cute hikers...BEAUTIFUL caterpillars.

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello sharkbytes its dennis the vizsla dog hay those ar sum krazy lukking katerpillars!!! i wunder how mutch there hairkuts cost!!! ok bye

Sharkbytes said...

Carol- they are cute. Tussock moth caterpillars are sometimes irritating to the skin, so as much as I'd like to pick them up, I haven't tried it.

Ann- ha! Me, the two guys and the lady on the left

Lin- "tiger" was an easy part of the name, right

Dennis- not much if a doggie with teeth gives it

Sharkbytes said...

Dennis- PS- they may taste bad- they take in the toxins from the milkweed just like monarch caterpillars so birds learn not to eat them. Except of course the one they learned on.

RNSANE said...

The caterpillars are interesting with their tiger colors. I'd not be one to pick them up, though. I am not crazy about getting up close and personal with crawling critters.

Six miles....good for you...the thought exhausts me.

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