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Subject: unknown tussock moth caterpillar
Location: Napa, California
April 12, 2015 10:10 am
Friends who live in Napa California recently photographed this caterpillar on their property.
After going through your caterpillar pages, we concluded it was a tussock moth caterpillar but couldn’t match the color pattern with any of the species shown. The closest seems to be that of the
Western Tussock Moth. What is your identification of this caterpillar?
Signature: Mike Walsh

Probably Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Probably Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Mike,
There are several species of Tussock Moths in the genus
Orgyia that are found in California, and we believe this is most likely the Caterpillar of the Western Tussock Moth, Orgyia vetusta, but it may be impossible to determine the exact species with an image since all members of the genus have very similar looking caterpillars and there is also much variation within the species.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Vacaville, California
April 4, 2015 2:22 pm
We came across this upon a park drinking fountain.
It looks like it has been painted with the brushes upon its back.
Beautiful!
What is it?
Signature: Painted Amazed

Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Painted Amazed,
Earlier today we posted an image that might be a Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia vetusta, but based on the nearly identical similarity between your individual and this image posted to BugGuide, we are quite certain your caterpillar is a Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

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Subject: Caterpillar at Torrance Beach
Location: Torrance Beach, Torrance, CA
April 6, 2015 7:05 am
Hello Bugman,
A few days ago, my kid found this caterpillar crawling on Torrance Beach. He knows about this page and has not stopped asking me to please post a picture of the caterpillar here so we can get help identifying it. The caterpillar was about 1″ long.
Thanks.
Signature: Daniel

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Daniel,
This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Orgyia, most likely a Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Orgyia vetusta, which according to BugGuide is found in Southern California, though several other species in the genus have similar looking caterpillars and they are also found in California.  We are curious what caused this individual to be found on the sand, probably far from a food source, and we are guessing some beach patron inadvertently packed it with the beach umbrella or some other gear kept in the yard by a tree that served as a food source.

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Subject: what kind of caterpillar is this
Location: Inverness FL
March 23, 2015 6:12 am
I have found a few of these yellow fuzzy caterpillars around my house lately. We live next to a wooded lot full of pine trees.
Signature: curious mom

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Curious Mom,
This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus Orgyia, but we cannot say for certain which species.  Refer to BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Location: Singapore
March 2, 2015 7:41 pm
I found this caterpillar crawling on my mother’s eggplant about a week ago, and as I’ve a weird interest in all kinds of creepy crawlies, I’ve made it my mission to see this guy to adulthood. He’s molted twice now and I’ve been feeding him leaves off the plant I found him on.
Through google I’ve determined that this guy is a Tussock Moth caterpillar, but I couldn’t find any images or information as to exactly what species he is and/or how the adult moth looks like. I’m attaching a few pictures of it as of 3 March 15, in hopes that you can help!
Thanks in advance!
Signature: Saphiea

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Saphiea,
We agree that this looks like a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Orgyia,  but we have not had any luck determining a definite species.  Females in this genus are flightless, and it will be interesting to see what happens when your adult ecloses.

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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Subject: Unknown Creepy Crawlers
Location: Lasqueti Island, South-West BC
September 22, 2014 5:00 pm
Found a couple neat caterpillars on a calla lilly. Nobody that I’ve asked has ever seen one like them. Do you know what they are?
Signature: -N

Tiger Moth Caterpillars:  Lophocampa maculata

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillars: Lophocampa maculata

Dear N,
This is a Tiger Moth Caterpillar and it is apparently an uncommon color variation.  We located a matching image on BugGuide with this comment:  “It looks like a rare color variant of
L. maculata.”  Another similar looking variation is also pictured on BugGuide.  The more typical coloration on the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar is black and orange.

Tiger Moth Caterpillar

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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