Silver-spotted Tiger Moth Caterpillar
June 4, 2010
It’s been raining all morning and there was finally a break so I step out on the porch only to see this fuzzy little guy. It looks like he’s having a bad hair day (it must be the humidity) with all the gunk stuck on him. I tried to find him on your site but could not. However, after looking at bugguide (http://bugguide.net/node/view/43315) I think he is a silver-spotted tiger moth caterpillar. I live on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon surrounded by forests with lots of Douglas Firs so I am sure he is well fed. I notice bugguide says not to touch them due to venomous hairs…I wish I would have known that before but I think I will survive! I believe I have him IDed but wanted to share him with you.
Portland, Oregon, USA
Thanks for sending us a photo of what we agree is probably a Silver Spotted Tiger Moth Caterpillar, Lophocampa argentata.