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Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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Early instars appear slightly 'hairy' and gray. They skeletonize whole leaves gregariously, leaving lacy leaf remnants. They are gregarious until their third instar. Later instars sport tufts of black, white and orange (sometimes yellow) setae. The head capsule is black. The later instars wander much more, and may appear alone or in groups of 2-10. Mature caterpillars occur from June onwards (Wagner 2005). Larvae grow as long as 35 mm.

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Candice Trimble
Candice Trimble 7 years ago

Thanks! And I agree, absolutely beautiful! Also gets me in the mood for Halloween, haha. =)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Beautiful caterpillar!

WildlifeEarth 7 years ago

What a wonderful picture! :) Nature is truly remarkable

Candice Trimble
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Candice Trimble

Virginia, USA

Spotted on Sep 21, 2013
Submitted on Sep 21, 2013


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