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Who’s peeking over this leaf???  Go to the Naturally Curious blog and scroll down to “Comments” to enter your response.  Imaginative answers welcome.  This mystery will be solved in Wednesday’s 9/4/19 post.

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66 responses

  1. Sue Wetmore

    Looks like a cross between a lobster mushroom and caterpillar.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:09 am

    • Robyn

      Lobster caterpillar was my guess too!

      September 2, 2019 at 9:16 am

  2. Marc Sevigny

    That’s quite a closeup of a leaf, so the object might be very small. It looks like the leaf has been eaten by a caterpillar, so that is my guess as well.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

  3. Sandy

    caterpillar of some kind

    September 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

  4. Red spider mite? Much magnified.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:27 am

  5. Judi Lindsey

    Some kind of furry faced caterpillar with bushy antennae.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

  6. Leah

    Mary, the link to Naturally Curious Day by Day is broken right now. Other book links seem fine.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:30 am

    • Thank you for letting me know, Leah!

      September 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

  7. lmconnors

    a flannal moth larva?

    September 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    • lmconnors

      oops I spelled flannel wrong…:)

      September 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

    • Betsy Hawes

      I bet you’ve got it!

      September 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm

  8. Grace Bartlett

    I’m thinking it is an oak leaf gall

    September 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

  9. Rinky Black

    Monkey Slug???

    September 2, 2019 at 9:36 am

    • Kristen Murphy

      I second this! A monkey slug caterpillar!

      September 3, 2019 at 8:44 am

  10. Su

    Is it the Great Red Hairy Scary Spider of One’s Nightmares?

    September 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

  11. aamazonwoman

    You mean “peeking,” not “peaking.” I’m going to say a jumping spider.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

  12. MJ Grace

    Lew Zealand from the Muppetts?

    September 2, 2019 at 9:46 am

  13. ruth charney

    Someone’s bushy eyebrows?

    September 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

  14. Alice

    A Milkweed Tussock Moth.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    • Alice

      Caterpillar

      September 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

  15. Stein

    Crazy orange hair — help he’s escaped from the White House!!!
    Puss Caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)?? — seems appropriate.

    September 2, 2019 at 9:55 am

  16. Stein

    Big orange hair? Help! He’s escaped from the White House!!
    Puss Caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis)? — seems appropriate…

    September 2, 2019 at 9:57 am

    • Nothing could beat your White House comment, Stein!!!

      September 2, 2019 at 10:06 am

  17. marshall stevens

    Looks like a rare Vermont tribble

    September 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

  18. lynne hadley

    I’m going for a Frilled Chenille Leafcutter ‘stuffie’.

    September 2, 2019 at 10:05 am

  19. marshall stevens

    A rare Vermont leaf tribble.

    September 2, 2019 at 10:07 am

  20. annchilcott

    I think that it is some amazing moth larva. But, as I live in Scotland, I have a great excuse for not knowing!

    September 2, 2019 at 10:10 am

  21. A caterpillar in a fleece parka.

    September 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

  22. Clyde Jenne

    It’s Mary when she sees someone killing a bug.

    September 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

  23. That is what I thought, the toupee got loose! it’s not a asp or puss caterpillar is it?

    September 2, 2019 at 10:20 am

  24. Pam Jackson

    A stinging “wooly bear”?

    September 2, 2019 at 10:22 am

  25. John Jose

    Possibly a Hag Moth (Phobetron pithecium) larva? Intriguing photo, whatever it is!

    September 2, 2019 at 10:35 am

  26. Kathy

    Cyncia Inophatus…a red milkweed catterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 10:38 am

  27. Kathleen

    cyncia inophatis…a red milkweed caterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 10:40 am

  28. Linda Freedman

    Acraga moth

    September 2, 2019 at 10:45 am

  29. Hag Moth caterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 11:12 am

  30. Roger Rittmaster

    Looks like a flannel moth caterpillar.

    September 2, 2019 at 11:16 am

  31. Scott bolotin

    Su Mac seed pod

    September 2, 2019 at 11:31 am

  32. Betsy Hawes

    A caterpillar of some sort.

    September 2, 2019 at 12:09 pm

  33. Lin Peyton

    Maybe, could it be a hag moth caterpillar…..a creature I have longed to find???

    September 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

  34. Penny Jessop

    Thinking it might be an Emerald moth caterpillar.
    They are bizarre looking!

    September 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

  35. Cheryl Johnson

    This is a Hag Moth caterpillar, otherwise known as a monkey slug. Thoroughly gross!

    September 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

  36. Jean Harrison

    a Muppet?

    September 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

  37. Bill On The Hill

    Well now that it has been politicized & endorsed, this true blue conservative from Vermont ( now a endangered specie in VT ) would say it is the previous white house occupier having a bad hair day… Take that!

    September 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm

  38. MaryJo Stanley

    I am sure it is one of Jim Henson’s creations

    September 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

  39. mvillbohns

    a Monkey Slug (Phobreton Peticium)

    Martine

    September 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

  40. Kathy Schillemat

    Looks like a woolly bear caterpillar.

    September 2, 2019 at 2:58 pm

  41. Natasha Atkins

    Megalopygid moth caterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 3:23 pm

  42. Caroline Demaio

    Sumac flower

    September 2, 2019 at 3:50 pm

  43. Suzanne Allison

    Hag moth larva (caterpillar) or “monkey slug”

    September 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm

  44. gail trenholm

    monkey slug caterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 3:56 pm

  45. Mary

    Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar.

    September 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm

  46. Linda G.

    At first glance I say Monkey Slug caterpillar, so I’ll go with that.

    September 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm

  47. Hugh Schultz

    Caterpillar

    September 2, 2019 at 5:52 pm

  48. Gwyn Loud

    I think it’s a monkey slug (hag moth)

    September 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

  49. Nancy Blasi

    I think it is some kind of caterpillar chomping on a leaf. I saw a monarch caterpillar doing a similar thing today. I will try to send photo of that to you.

    September 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

  50. Sally

    A wooly bear that ate too many tomatoes.

    September 2, 2019 at 10:13 pm

  51. Patter Field

    Monkey slug

    September 3, 2019 at 7:54 am

  52. monkey slug or hag moth would be my guess!

    September 3, 2019 at 8:45 am

  53. Rachael Tolman

    Monkey Slug!
    So cool!

    September 3, 2019 at 10:37 am

  54. kathryn

    I don’t know but I LOVE reading people’s very clever ideas!!

    September 3, 2019 at 11:51 am

  55. karenhinoki

    A cockscomb flower? I know that’s not wild, but it sure looks like one.

    September 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm

  56. Kristina

    Red velvet mite!

    September 3, 2019 at 2:33 pm

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