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Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Description:

The caterpillar or larval stage has distinctive appearance of alternating bristles and haired projections. Many tussock moth caterpillars have urticating hairs (often hidden among longer, softer hairs), which can cause painful reactions if they come into contact with skin.

Habitat:

Urban garden on Lantana camara.

Notes:

(Erebidae; Lymantriinae)

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7 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Photo No. 3: A very beautiful caterpillar....

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

How adorable is the second photo? Gave me a giggle. Lovely series, Leana.

Great photo!!!

Thank you TamaraMiranda! The caterpillar may be getting its color from its orange Lantana camara host plant.

TamaraMiranda
TamaraMiranda 5 years ago

Amazing!

Thank you DespinaTsafetopoulou!

What an amazing spotting!

Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 2, 2016
Submitted on Apr 2, 2016

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