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Variable Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dasychira vagans

Description:

Edit: Thanks to a fellow projectnoah user, I believe this to be the caterpillar of the Variable Tussock Moth. Found this critter dangling from a silken thread and try, try, trying again to swing to a nearby fern branch on my porch. I got an excellent slow motion video which is just mesmerizing to watch. Eventually, it made it to my potted fern, which may be a problem as I don’t know what species this is, but I think it’s some variety of Tussock Moth, which seem to eat everything. Any id suggestions? Thanks!

Habitat:

Deciduous forest

1 Species ID Suggestions

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago
Variable tussock moth
Dasychira vagans Caterpillar ID - Dasychira vagans - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

Your welcome BrittJ. Those are great pictures of an extraordinary looking caterpillar!

BrittJ
BrittJ 2 years ago

Thank you @Brian38!

BrittJ
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BrittJ

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 26, 2019
Submitted on Apr 26, 2019

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