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Western Tussock Moth

Orgyia vetusta


Pretty caterpillar about 1.5 inches long. It has three white tufts and a fourth one is black and white. There are two black tufts on the sides of the head that look like ponytails. Another long, black tuft at the end making a tail. These tufts of hair can break off and cause irritation on the skin if touched. There are bright orange spots along the sides and back that have light gray hairs growing out of them. Part of the face and just behind the head are yellow.


Oak tree in Oak Woodland in the backyard

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maplemoth662 a year ago

A very beautiful caterpillar...

California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on Mar 20, 2017
Submitted on Mar 26, 2017

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