Subject: White Caterpillar NO black spots
Location: Lake Jordan, North Carolina – mid- October
October 20, 2013 2:33 pm
My husband and I were hiking around Jordan Lake near Raleigh, North Carolina this fine mid-October afternoon and this little guy hitched a ride on his jeans. I’ve been trying to identify him but I cannot find a picture online that doesn’t have black spots and does have black feathery things! He didn’t have black spots on his back so I don’t think he’s a Hickory Tussock, but we’d love to know what he is (and if we’re going to break out in a rash!)!
Signature: Bree – North Carolina
We believe this is a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Halysidota tessellaris, which we initially identified on the Field Biology in Southeastern Ohio website, and we then confirmed with this matching photo on BugGuide. Also known as the Pale Tussock Moth or Pale Tiger Moth, this species does have considerably variation in the coloration of the caterpillar, according to BugGuide.