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Subject: Weird bug outside my house
Location: Hialeah, Fl
February 4, 2016 2:54 pm
This is the second bug like this that I see it likes to just camp out on walls outside the house.
Signature: I don’t know

Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This is a Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Dasychira meridionalis.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillar:  “Prefers Oak, but is found on a variety of deciduous trees.”  Florida Nature Photography has excellent images depicting the life cycle, including the cocoon and adult moth.

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Subject: identify this bug
Location: NC. in our home . Laundry area.
January 25, 2016 11:32 pm
I love this site and plan to help support your effort !
We just moved to this home and it has all kinds of trees everywhere. Other than a few new strange looking friends we love it.
Signature: Lost in the woods !

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Lost in the woods,
This Tussock Moth Caterpillar appears quite dead, and we are guessing that you found the carcass while cleaning your new home.  It might be a Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar, which according to BugGuide is found in North Carolina.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: NJ coast on a picnic table
December 19, 2015 10:39 am
I haven’t been able to ID this one
Signature: DaveN

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear DaveN,
This is a Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Halysidota harrisii, and you can verify its identity on BugGuide.

 

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Subject: Tussock moth?
Location: Hancock County, Ohio
November 13, 2015 1:58 pm
Is this a photo of some sort of tussock moth caterpillar? I came across it in Findlay, Ohio this summer. The closest thing I have found that looks like it are the tussock moth caterpillars, but I have not found one even closely resembling this. It was about 1.5 to 2 inches long.
Signature: Ivan

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Ivan,
Like the Monarch Butterfly, your Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Euchaetias egle, is a species that is always found in association with milkweed.

Many thanks!.  I’m finding out that milkweed is very important to the insect world!

That is why many years ago we created a tag to recognize the complex ecosystem of the Milkweed Meadow.

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Subject: White furry caterpillar
Location: Oregon, Columbia River Gorge near cascade locks.
November 15, 2015 3:20 pm
I saw this caterpillar while on a hike in Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge (not too far from Multnomah Falls). I took the hike in mid-August. Can you tell me what species it is?
Signature: Lisa

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Lisa,
This is a Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Lophocampa maculata, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae prefer leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple, oak.” 

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Subject: Looks like an Alien!
Location: Near Toledo Ohio
October 6, 2015 7:44 am
I saw two of these on the door to my gym. Very cool looking, and bright colored. Can you tell me what this is?
Signature: Mikala24

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Mikala24,
This is either a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia leucostigma, or a closely related species in the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “CAUTION: Avoid handling the caterpillar, as its hair is known to cause allergic reactions, especially in areas of the body with sensitive skin (e.g. back, stomach, inner arms). Seek medical treatment if a severe reaction occurs.”

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