Subject: What is this?
July 21, 2014 9:33 pm
I saw your presentation a few years ago and a friend posted a picture on Facebook today wondering “what’s that bug” and no one seemed to know so I figured I’d ask.
Signature: Mr. Burk
Dear Mr. Burk,
This very distinctive caterpillar is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar, Acronicta americana, and according to BugGuide, its habitat is: “Woodlands and forests, especially mesic to swampy bottomlands” and “The caterpillar’s hairs can cause skin irritation.” Just our of curiosity, which presentation did you see? We are guessing it was the Getty lecture.