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More Catapillars
Location: Houston, Texas
March 21, 2011 9:59 pm
These pictures were taken October 23 2010. The catapillar I’m most curious about is the tan one in all three pictures. Me and my sister thought it was super cute. The other catapillar in the third image is less cute and really familiar looking, I think because I’ve seen that type of catapillar a lot growing up. What kind of catapillar is that little tan one? If it’s easy to identify, what is that yellow striped one?
Signature: Thanks a lot, Kelly Bufkin

Asp

Hi Kelly,
Your tan caterpillar is a Puss Caterpillar or Asp, the larva of the Southern Flannel Moth,
Megalopyge opercularis.  Handle the Asp with care as it is a stinging caterpillar.  The yellow striped caterpillar appears to be one of the Prominent Caterpillars, possibly Datana contracta based on images posted to BugGuide.

Prominent Caterpillar meets Asp

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Location: Texas

One Response to Asp

  1. MelPhleg says:

    there are a number of these shown on youtube.
    one in particular is quite beautiful:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OeNggIGSKH8

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