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Caterpillar at Meteor Crater, Arizona
November 29, 2009
Can you help me identify this caterpillar? He has black segments and orange and yellow segments. He’s about half as long as a US bill. He is really furry.
Meteor Crater, AZ (near flagstaff)

Unknown Caterpillar

Northern Giant Flag Moth Caterpillar

Hi Jennifer,
Our first impression was that this had to be a Tiger Moth Caterpillar, usually called a Woolly Bear, but we could not locate a match on bugGuide.  It might also be an Owlet Moth Caterpillar.

Unknown Caterpillar

Unknown Caterpillar

Identification:  Giant Flag Moth Caterpillar
Thanks to a comment from Barb,
Dysschema howardi, we now know that this is a Giant Flag Moth Caterpillar, , and you may read more about it on BugGuide.

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Location: Meteor Crater, Arizona
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2 Responses to Northern Giant Flag Moth Caterpillar from Arizona

  1. Barb S. says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I just stumbled upon this post while doing some research. I see it is several years old but you still might be curious on the id of your find.

    It can be seen here: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8040

    • bugman says:

      Thanks so much Barb. Even if Jennifer doesn’t see this, the WTB? editorial staff is thrilled with your identification of this Northern Giant Flag Moth Caterpillar and our readership may need this information in the future. We have updated the posting.

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