Just Hanging

Yesterday happened upon this colony hanging off a branch of a blueberry bush.

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Yellow Necked Caterpillar Datana larvae

My research shows they have voracious appetites, so might have to relocate…

Now is the time to check your blueberries as recommended by NC State integrated pest management folks.

As the circle of life continues the caterpillars will become food for birds in the larvae stage before the get too hairy. They serve as hosts for Tachinid Flies.

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And a spider preparing a feast of the Headless Moth or Yellow Necked Datana moth in the fall.

Enjoy – Living the EntwinedLife!

Jayme B

NC Certified Environmental Educator

 

 

 

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