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Subject: Couldn’t identify this Caterpillar
Location: Oregon, U.S
August 19, 2015 9:23 pm
Hey! I was on break while doing trail work in Oregon when I found this critter, I was wondering what type of caterpillar he is and I was curious if he was poisonous. Thanks for any help!
Signature: Austin Wolf

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Austin,
This appears to be a more unusual color variation of the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Lophocampa maculata, based on this BugGuide image.  We have numerous images of the more common color pattern of the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar on our site.

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Subject: Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Location: southwestern Ontario, Canada
August 15, 2015 6:09 pm
I was very excited to see that the milkweed I planted in my mother’s garden was well-munched, but somewhat surprised to discover who was munching it! Not monarchs, as I hoped for, but a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar. There were four or five of these little guys. When disturbed, they curl up into a ball and drop to the ground. I haven’t seen them in this area before and so this spotting was particularly interesting to me. I know you have lots of tussock moth caterpillar photos already, but thought I would send this along in case you found it useful.
Thanks for such a great site and all your hard work!
Signature: Alison

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Alison,
Your Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar image is of very high quality and a wonderful addition to our archives.

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Subject: what is this caterpillar?
Location: London
August 15, 2015 7:53 am
Hi I found this in my garden in London. What type of caterpillar is it and will it become a butterfly or moth?
Thanks
Signature: n/a

Vapourer Caterpillar

Vapourer Caterpillar

This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar and we believe it is the Vapourer, Orgyia antiqua, based on this image on UK Moths.

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Subject: Big found in Southern Indiana
Location: Southern Indiana
August 3, 2015 5:26 pm
This bug was found in a friends garage. There were several around. And if you bothered them, they would roll up into a ball and then later unroll and crawl off. It was a fluffy looking little fella about one inch long.
Signature: June bullock

Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar

Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar

Hi June,
Is there milkweed growing near the garage?  This is a Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar,
Euchaetes egle, and they are never found far from a milkweed food plant.

Thank you for such a quick response.  My friend will be happy to know this little fellow has a name. She was showing it to everybody trying to find out what it was.

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Limbazi, Latvia
May 20, 2015 6:56 am
We found this bug last year in our garden.
I’d be really interested to know what it is.
Signature: Andrew Doxsey

Probably Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Probably Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Andrew,
This appears to be some species of Tussock Moth Caterpillar, and there is an image of a Scarce Vapourer Caterpillar on UK Moths that looks very similar.

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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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