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Retarded Dagger Moth, Caterpillar

Acronicta retardata


Beautiful caterpillar. Pale yellow with black stripes, covered in long yellow bristles, orange face, red nodules on back.


Found on a maple leaf in woods


Is it poisonous?

1 species ID suggestions


MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wonderful color!

courtneyhitson 5 years ago

Maybe you will be able to get pictures of it going into chrysalis. I can't seem to find the ones I spotted. Guess they moved higher in the tree.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 5 years ago

Update: Overnight, this little caterpillar ate almost all of that big maple leaf! Oink!

courtneyhitson 5 years ago

I don't know why it was given that name. There is also one I found that is called Afflicted Dagger Moth. A lot of moths have very strange names.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 5 years ago

Emma, I was wondering that too! (I assume it has something to do with its being slower to develop or flying later in the year than other dagger moths, or something like that, but I'd love to know the real reason.)

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 5 years ago

Thanks! I was stumped.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Courtney ,any reason it is called retarded?

courtneyhitson 5 years ago

Looks similar to the one I found. Lucky for me someone found the id!

Georgia, USA

Lat: 33.97, Long: -83.57

Spotted on May 9, 2012
Submitted on May 10, 2012

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