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Yellow Woolly Bear

Spilosoma virginica


I spotted several of these caterpillars, which resemble undulating cheez doodles when they walk, but this was the only one that had already begun the process of overwintering. This species of caterpillar is highly variable in color, although each caterpillar has a consistent color. This one was an orange-yellow color. Their bodies are covered in long, soft setae. They are safe to handle, although it is discouraged because the setae can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals, not to mention that it would also probably distress the caterpillar.


Spotted in a sheltered spot on the underside of a log.


In the fall, these caterpillars search for a sheltered location, such as under a log, where they can overwinter as a caterpillar. The caterpillars can survive being frozen solid because they produce a cryoprotectant substance, which protects their tissues from damage. In the spring, they will spin a cocoon using their setae, and then eventually will become a moth.

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maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, Christine....You always take, beautiful photos.....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks for you compliments and kindness maplemoth. I take tons of pictures though to end up with only a few good ones. Most end up blurry! ;P

maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, Christine....You are a master, at finding the beauty, in a caterpillar....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Thanks for your kind words maplemoth

maplemoth662 3 years ago

Another masterpiece, of beauty and color....

maplemoth662 3 years ago

This is a very beautiful photo, of a very beautiful caterpillar, which has a very beautiful, orange-yellow color to it.....

Christine Y.
Spotted by
Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2017
Submitted on Oct 6, 2017

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