Family: Erebidae, Subfamily: Arctiinae, Tribe Arctiini. (Tiger Moths) Larva of the Isabella Tiger Moth. Size: 1.25 inches. Black at both ends with cooper red in the middle and very hairy. Feeds on many different plants including aster, birch, elm, maple and sunflower.
This one was found in a wooded area near a lake, but can be found in gardens, meadows, woodlands. (Beltzville State Park, PA) Range: Mostly Eastern USA and Canada, but also the Arctic.
Video of caterpillar making complete turn included. (So exciting!) I wasn't even going to bother with a photo as I see these all the time. But this one was extra pretty and starting to move. (Does not usually cause reaction or harm if touched)
Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.61
Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012
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