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American Dagger Moth+VIDEO

Acronicta americana

Description:

The young caterpillar is densely covered with yellow setae. The older caterpillar's setae are either pale yellow or white. All instars have thin, black setae on the first and third abdominal segments. On the eighth abdominal segment, there is one tuft of black setae. The caterpillar will reach a length 50 mm (2 inches). - from Wikipedia

Notes:

Caution should be taken in handling the caterpillar, as the hollow setae may break off in to human skin, releasing a toxin which can produce a rash - from Wikipedia

1 Comment

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Thank you so much for your help ForestDragon! This caterpillar was quite interesting to watch and I am glad that I did not touch it (please see the note from Wikipedia) ...

RiekoS
Spotted by
RiekoS

New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2013
Submitted on Sep 5, 2013

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