September 15th, 2012. We drove over Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Persimmon Road. Patterson Gap lies on the Tennessee Valley Divide in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The road is graveled and water erosion has produced some rough sections.
On the road down the southwest slope of the Tennessee Valley Divide, we found a caterpillar on a Collinsonia canadensis (Canada Horsebalm) shrub. We didn’t know what it was at the time but figured that the bristles were not something to touch.
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