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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Is It A Bug Or A Stick?

My life in appalachia - Inchworms

See what Chitter found in the woods-the hump on the end of the stick-is alive! After googling around a little-I believe its a geometrid moth caterpillar.

Stick catepillar span worm

 

It looked like a camouflaged inchworm to us.

Ever seen one?

Tipper

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

 

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32 Comments

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    Becky
    June 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    No, I haven’t. How interesting! I’ll be watching those sticks and branches a little closer now.
    I did see a caterpillar the other day eating away at my dill that looked a lot like the monarch butterly caterpillars. I’ve not seen one of those before either.

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    susie swanson
    June 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Oh yes and they’ll measure your clothes or body..lol We used to call them..I guess most people call the little green worms inch worms though.. inch worms..I’m scared to death of worms, about as bad as a snake

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    Wayne Newton
    June 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    In Wiregrass Country, we called ’em “Loopers”, before the moth hatched.

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    Suzi Phillips
    June 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I have sen several of them-always thought they were some kind of prehistoric inch worm!

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    RB
    June 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Now that is interesting. I’ve never seen anything like it.
    How about you?

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    Charlotte
    June 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    No, I’ve never seen one of these critters. I wonder what the moth will look like? I thought you were going to show us a walking stick insect.

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    Ken
    June 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Tipper,
    My Goodness! I’ve always heard that it takes two tall mountains
    to make a beautiful Valley. Your
    girls beat just about anything I’ve ever seen.
    For better than 55 years, I’ve
    rambled these mountains and never
    noticed a creature like that. Now
    I wonder if it ever goes through
    the transition to become a moth,
    or just stays a booger with big
    eyes…nice find Chitter…Ken

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    Spacial Ed
    June 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I thank I seen a creechure lik thatin in a moovy. I thank it wuz Mennun Black er sumpthun lik that. I ant skeered a no littel thang lik that sept when it gits bigern me. I’d gest sqush it lik a bug sept ifin itz bigern me it wood suck all the lif outta me.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You know if the caterpillar hadn’t had both ends on the twig then Chitter might never have noticed it. Limbs don’t just grow out of a twig then and back into it. That’s probably what caught her eye.

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

    John-the company who provides the music player has crashed. I’m working hard to find a replacement. Until then-you can listen to our songs by watching our youtube videos. Go here if you want too:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BlindPigAndTheAcorn/videos
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    John
    June 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Tipper cant get music to play on my play list could you help.
    Thanks John

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Judy-no she put the little guy back where she found him : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    B.-Chitter found it on a small oak tree. And once we had all looked it over good-she put it back where she found it : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    B. Ruth
    June 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Tipper,
    and Chitter….sort of like I forgot to put “Of” at the beginning of my last sentence in my comment….
    You know..”I think I’ve about come to the end of my twig”…I like that a lot better than the old fashioned term..”I’m on my last nerve”…LOL
    Thanks Tipper

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    Mamabug
    June 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    That caterpillar is just too cool! God really has made some amazing critters and bugs!

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    B. Ruth
    June 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Tipper,
    and Chitter….Way to go girl! I can see this girl has the “eye”…So many people look and never see…She knew the difference between the negative space and the positive space and can tell the difference…That’s a good thing…I dare say the caterpiller, thought it would stand up on his/her back feet and do a stretch just as Chitter was passing and make like it was at the end of a twig…which it was…LOL What type of tree was it on…Did you see any others around..Did it appear as though it was fixing to spin a cocoon?
    Is it dead now?…or in a jar to watch….LOL
    The last grey caterpiller I saw had prickles on its back, and transported them to my hand that left my hand burning like crazy for quite a while….
    Oh how I wish I could walk around in the woods again…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS….Chitter, you need to carry a little journal/sketchbook with you in your jean backpocket..The cameras great, but I’m old school too…Sometimes thoughts and observances are forgotten by the time you get back to the house…LOL coure I’m forgettin’ about everything these days…

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    S Kalvaitis
    June 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I have never seen one but if I do someone will need to get the toilet paper.

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    Mike McLain
    June 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Probably have seen one, but never noticed one. I guess that is the idea. Just like walking sticks and cousins praying mantis, they are pretty plentiful, but hard to spot.

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    Shirla
    June 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’ve never seen anything like that! Well, maybe I have and just walked on by thinking it was a stick. You’ve got us scratching our head this time, Chitter.

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    dolores barton
    June 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    That is very interesting; I have not seen one of those. I thought after reading the title today that it was the brown insect called a stick bug. Interesting to say the least. I wonder, however, what type of damage, if any, this moth might do.

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    Judy Mincey
    June 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Great job spotting it! It moved just at the right time. I bet if it had been still, she would never have seen it. Makes me wonder how many interesting critters I have walked past. Are you keeping it around to see what it turns into?

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    kay dallas
    June 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

    how cool. just like how i found what looked like a little black decayed piece of tree at end of limb and bam, “it was a tree sucking bug” filled with the goodness of my tree.

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    LINDA L. KERLIN
    June 4, 2012 at 7:34 am

    an interesting “BUG-STICK” keep us informed if you do find out for sure what it is—I think it is quite and interesting find.

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    Uncle Al
    June 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Never seen one of these, though I have seen a spider/bug that collects small debris and sticks it on its back such that it looks like just a small piece of leaf/twig (very small). Nice find Chitter!

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    Miss Cindy
    June 4, 2012 at 7:24 am

    If I hadn’t been there and seen it with my own eyes I’m not sure I would have believed how much that worm looked like the stick. It had EXACTLY the same colors and splotches as the stick and even the same rough exterior. At first I thought it must be some kind of trick from Chitter.
    No trick though, it’s a camo worm for sure!

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 4, 2012 at 7:24 am

    True, that worm was well camouflaged. I’ve never seen one either.

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    Don Casada
    June 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    That girl Chitter not only has pretty chinquapin eyes to use on those young mountain boys, she knows how to use them for useful things, too!
    As you know, I spend a fair amount of time in the woods, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Of course, maybe I have and just never knew it ;-(

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    Janet Smart
    June 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Never seen one. It sure looks like the stick to me.

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Ed-she was in the woods with her Daddy trying to find a suitable roost for the new chicken house. She said she noticed it because it looked like it was reaching out to grab her : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Tipper
    June 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Gorges-thank you for the comment-and the idea : )
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Gorges Smythe
    June 4, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Here I thought you were going to talk about stick bugs!

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    Ed Ammons
    June 4, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I’ve seen walkingsticks and praying mantis’ and such that were camouflaged pretty well but I’ve never seen a worm that looked that much like it’s environment. Looks like a couple of leaves could bust out of it at any time. How did Chitter happen to spot it?

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