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Old 11-05-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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Smile Fuzzy black catapillars

Seeing them crossing roads everywhere! Anyone know what they are or where they're headed?
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Creedmoor, TX
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My youngest calls 'em "Tribble-pillars"

Yeah ... we're Trekkies!

I saw a lot of them in early spring, nada this summer, & they've reappeared in droves this past week.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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To get to the other side.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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They're all over the place out here, too, right now, have to be careful not to step on them, and in past years if I've seen any, I've only seen one or two a year. Not quite sure what they are, though.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Cherokee Nation
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As kids we called them asp's. Don't know why, or if that is correct.
I'm not positive but they may pack a wallop.

Do a google search of Texas Caterpillars
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Cherokee Nation
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A quick google and I was right?
Hmmm? what do you know, I retained some knowledge!

Asp caterpillars cute and fuzzy but not very friendly | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Home and Gardening | Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/home/stories/DN-nhg_asp_1015gd.ART.State.Edition1.4bf0e82.html - broken link)


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A reader in Krum reports a severe outbreak of a potentially dangerous caterpillar. Called asps or puss caterpillars, the fuzzy, innocuous-looking insects are the larvae of flannel moths.
The 1-inch caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis) pack a wallop of a sting. Hidden in the ridge of the larva's silky covering are hollow spines that secrete venom. Accidental encounters, such as walking barefoot in the yard or having one drop from overhead branches into the neckline of your clothing, are the common ways people get stung.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Hmmmm. My husband had some bad experiences with asps as a child, down in San Antonio, and these aren't them (he reacts VERY badly when he sees one of the ones that he encountered down there!). These don't seem to sting for some reason.

Wonder if there's more than one kind of asp.
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Asp Catepillars are brown and fuzzy. The look like they are a walking mohawk. They aren't black, like the ones the OP was talking about.

I believe the one the OP was talking about was the Tiger Moth Catepillar.

Grammia Tiger Moth Caterpillar | The Backyard Arthropod Project

They are cute. They grow into beautiful moths too.

Tiger moth – Grammia | The Backyard Arthropod Project

They may be a different species of Tiger Moth, there are several, but I think that's the family we are seeing.
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: League City
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Asps are not black, and I am told they hurt like hell. I am lucky to have never experienced one. They look as JayBrown described.

It could also be this:

www.hiltonpond.org/thisweek020608.html

These are common in E. Texas. Don't know about Austin. But they are harmless. Used to play with them as kids. However better to be safe than sorry with caterpillars. In other words you'd better know what type of caterpillar you have before you pick it up or you could be in for a world of hurt.
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Asps are not black, and I am told they hurt like hell. I am lucky to have never experienced one. They look as JayBrown described.
It is worse than a wasp sting. Once fell out of tree onto my neck and stung me when I was in high school and it put me out of commission for half a day. I remember it being grayish.
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