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Sep 12, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
anyone know what these are? Found a bunch of them on my milkweed today
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Sep 12, 2015 10:26 PM CST
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Tussock Moth
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
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Sep 12, 2015 10:29 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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I posted a link over on theSeptember Butterfly chat thread. Someone should come along in the morning. Gosh, look at the time; it's morning already. Hilarious!

Edited to add:
When I made this post I did not see that JIm had already answered the question. Guess I type too slowly. Smiling
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Sep 12, 2015 10:40 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Jim, have you ever seen the Milkweed Tussock Moths in their early instars? I've only seen them in pictures and by then they were black, orange, and white. But that's the only moth I know that eats milkweed. I even checked my caterpillar book.
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Sep 12, 2015 10:48 PM CST
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Yes I have seen them , the ones with white hairs pointing to the side , more than the big white all furry type ,
Those above look like Fir Species of Tussock Moth , there are several If you google Tussock Moth it will show you a few different types
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
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Sep 13, 2015 5:24 AM CST
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
Thanks everyone. Yes they are all over my milkweed plants
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Sep 13, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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They rather resemble Pseudodoros clavatus aka Dioprosopa clavata - it's a beneficial syrphid fly larva that eats aphids and occurs on milkweed (so not a caterpillar):

http://butterflies.heuristron....
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http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
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Sep 13, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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There are Aphids visible in the photos and it does not look like the leaves have been chewed. I think @sooby may have nailed it.
Hmmm, maybe I should have posted a link to the "Beneficial Fly Forum". *Blush*
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Sep 13, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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I agree that Sue nailed it.
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Sep 13, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Hooray! That one was driving me buggy!
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