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Southern Flannel Moth

Megalopyge opercularis


Yellow-brown (darker than in the photos) with a reddish-brown stripe down the middle of its back; fuzzy White/clear legs on its underside Moved slowly and would retract if touched About the size of my thumb


I found it by some pumpkins and a fire-ant pile in cool-ish weather. It had rained the night before.


My brother said this was a moth larva, but I have no idea if there's any truth behind that.

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1 Comment

maplemoth66 5 years ago

This is a - Puss Caterpillar. It is the caterpillar, of the Southern Flannel Moth. The Puss Caterpillar, is the most venomous caterpillar, in the United States.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 27, 2013
Submitted on Oct 27, 2013

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