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Apple Scat

10-4-13 woolly bear scat 028At this time of year it’s not unusual to find the scat of various mammals consisting mostly of apple. Red Foxes, White-tailed Deer, Cottontail Rabbits, Porcupines and Black Bears, in particular, are all avid consumers of this appetizing fruit. Birds, including Purple Finches, Cedar Waxwings and Northern Mockingbirds, also include apples in their diets . While many insects drink the juice of apples, it’s not that often you see an insect like this Woolly Bear caterpillar (the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger Moth) consuming a sizable chunk of a McIntosh apple and leaving behind tell-tale scat. (Discovery by Sadie Richards)

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5 responses

  1. ann ackley

    And moose, too, three of which were feeding on our crab-apple a few years back.

    October 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  2. Mary, I always love your always including an insect with your photos of plants or animals, as it adds interest PLUS gives the relative size of whatever it is you are featuring. Thank you! I know it’s not always easy to do, either , as they flit about so speedily!!

    October 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  3. Great post! I had no idea red foxes ate apples.

    I must say, the title “Apple Scat” conjured some hilarious and surreal images for me. 🙂

    October 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  4. Carmen VandeGriek

    Is there a reason I have been seeing so many Wooly Bear caterpillars this Fall?

    October 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    • If so, I’m afraid I don’t know it, Carmen. I hadn’t actually noticed much difference than in other years, to tell you the truth!

      October 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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