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White-marked Tussock Moth

Orgyia leucostigma

Description:

Fuzzy caterpillar with a red face.

Habitat:

Jean Lafitte park, southeastern Louisiana.

Notes:

Crawling along a wooden walk way.

1 species ID suggestions

4 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago

Perfect and ID confirmed!

Yasser
Yasser 4 years ago

Bayucca, I've added another photo that shows the back pattern.

Yasser
Yasser 4 years ago

Thanks bayucca! :) I think you've got this one right. Others here at the BioBlitz have given me similar info. I'll upload a pic of the back pattern for you!

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago

ID for the Big Boss! ;-)...
Not really an easy one from this perspective. Pattern on the back would be important to separate all the different and very similar Orgyia sp., not to forget the variability within the same species. I am quite confident with Leucostigma, but it is always wise to verify!
http://bugguide.net/node/view/521

Louisiana, USA

Lat: 29.79, Long: -90.11

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 18, 2013

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