Mom has a bed of variagated amaryllis,but last year
while in BIG LOTS of all places she saw a kit
with a bulb for one red amaryllis, so she bought it.
Last year it did not produce a bloom.
And we can't believe our squeamish Mom got close enough
to take this guy's picture.
He is a menace.
He is a Rusty Tussock caterpillar.
To insect lovers, the Tussock Moth caterpillars are known for their striking tufts of hair, or tussocks. Many species exhibit four characteristic clumps of bristles on their backs, giving them the appearance of a toothbrush. Some have longer pairs of tufts near the head and rear. Judged by looks alone, these fuzzy caterpillars seem harmless, but touch them with a bare finger and you'll feel you've been pricked by fiberglass. A few species, like the Brown-tail, will leave you with a persistent and painful rash.