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American dagger moth

Acronicta americana

Description:

Caution should be taken in handling the caterpillar, as the hollow setae may break off in to human skin, releasing a toxin which can produce a rash

Habitat:

Eno River State Park.

Notes:

At the Eno River Festival, our Audubon Society booth featured a panel with insect photos I had taken. One family spent some time looking at them and then returned perhaps an hour later with this caterpillar that their daughter had found (about 2 years). She and her sister wanted to leave a live specimen with us because it looked like a banded tussock moth in the photo panel.

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Durham, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.99, Long: -78.90

Spotted on Jul 5, 2015
Submitted on Jul 22, 2015

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