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Spotted Apatelodes

Apatelodes torrefacta

Description:

Fuzzy yellow-green caterpillar with two black spikes at the head and one at the tail. Six tufts of black down the middle of the back.

Habitat:

Found in Ozark forest.

2 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
American Dagger Moth Caterpillar
Acronicta americana American Dagger Moth - Acronicta americana - BugGuide.Net


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7 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Nice spotting!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

No worries, bayucca. I did the same thing initially when I looked at it! Nann, you are welcome. :)

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

I think I didn't think much about the hairs. Hmm, I think your IDea is better than mine, I obviously didn't focus much on the black hairs at the back.

I'm identifying this as Apatelodes torrefacta - Spotted Apatelodes based on the link @ForestDragon sent! Thank you!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

It is similar looking to the American Dagger but the dark lashes are a bit different.
Take a look at the link and see what you think.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/212526

I was thinking Dagger Moth, but what of these spikes down the back? I didn't think to photo the legs. Oops. But, I did observe that under all that fuzz, it appeared green.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Noctuidae, Acronictinae, Acronicta americana.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/505

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Sep 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 30, 2013

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