Big Bear Caterpillar
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA (San Bernardino National Forest)
January 29, 2011 1:58 am
I saw an interesting looking caterpillar when I was hiking near Big Bear, CA. Later we saw the same type of caterpillar rolling down a hill, doing their best to rid themselves of a bunch of red ants.
Signature: Sat Garcia
We quickly identified your caterpillar as the Velda Pine Moth Caterpillar, Coloradia velda, on the private World’s Largest Saturniidae Site, and we are linking to images on the Santa Clarita and Northern Los Angeles County Area Butterfly and Moth Site. You may view dozens of photos documenting the metamorphosis process of the Velda Pine Moth there. Adult moths do not eat but the gregarious caterpillars feed on the needles of a number of native pines.