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Aug 12, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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This was on some grass. First impression was a caterpillar, but it seemed too short. Then there is that slimy yellow and green stuff on it. I tried moving some grass to get a better look, but it dropped down. Maybe I should have hunted for it.

The closest I found was this Virginian Tiger Moth larvae.
http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74...

Could the short body and slime be a cause of a parasite freeing itself, or something else all together?
Thank you very much.
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Aug 13, 2015 3:10 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Wooly Bear, Tiger Moth is what I thought of first.
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Aug 13, 2015 5:26 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Yup, definitely a caterpillar with that head. I was thinking Virginia Tiger Moth at first glance. http://www.butterfliesandmoths...
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Aug 18, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thank you. Smiling Do you have any idea what that slime is?
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Aug 18, 2015 5:10 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
Kim, I'm not sure I want to know! Caterpillars aren't slimy, like I tell the kids at MOSI all the time. Either it was something that came out of the plant when the caterpillar started chewing, it was on the plant to begin with, or the caterpillar has something very wrong with it.
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