Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Spotted Apatelodes

Apatelodes torrefacta


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.


Found in Ozark forest.

2 Species ID Suggestions

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

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Nice spotting!

ForestDragon 7 years ago

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

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 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.

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 7 years ago

Noctuidae, Acronictinae, Acronicta americana.

Missouri, USA

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

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team