What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

tussock moth caterpillar
Location: Ellicott City, MD
August 16, 2011 8:34 pm
I have determined that this is a tussock moth caterpillar, but I am unable to narrow it down further. Pale? Yellow-based? I can’t tell for sure from the pictures I’ve seen. Can you make a precise determination?
Signature: George

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Hi George,
Your yellow caterpillar with a few tufts of black hairs is not a Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
but rather, it is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar, Acronicta americana, one of the Owlet Moths.  You can verify our identification on Bugguide where it is indicated:  “The caterpillar’s hairs can cause skin irritation.”  You letter is the last we will be able to post this morning because of personal reasons.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Maryland

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