Brown hairy caterpillar id
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 24, 2011 4:35 pm
Long brown hairs, about 3-4cm long. Thought it might be a Garden Tiger Moth. Spotted June 20, 2011 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Signature: Wildlife & Plant Sightings, junponline.com
Dear Wildlife and Plant Sightings,
We agree with your identification, but we would like to provide some clarification according to BugGuide. Since the species Arctia caja is found in Europe as well as North America, the common name differs in the new world and old world. The Garden Tiger Moth is known as the Great Tiger Moth in North America. The caterpillar is simply a Woolly Bear in Europe, but in North America it is called the Black Woolly Bear to distinguish it from other Tiger Moth Caterpillars.