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Subject: Tussock Moth Caterpillar?
Location: Beales Point, Folsom SRA, Granite Bay, California (in Sacramento County)
May 21, 2013 4:25 pm
Hi, This critter hitched a ride home on a sleeping bag, and my kids want to try to raise it to moth stage, but I don’ t know what he likes to eat. We found him at Beales Point, Folsom Lake State Recreational Area in Granite Bay, California.
Since I didn’t take him off a tree, don’t know what he likes to munch. He is tufted. Has a tail and 2 offshoots at front. Red spots. Fuzzy, black head.
Signature: Cheryl Lilley

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hi Cheryl,
Yes, this is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Orygia, but we cannot say with certainty which species it is.  You can try browsing BugGuide to try to determine the species and most appropriate food.

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Granite Bay, California

One Response to Tussock Moth Caterpillar

  1. David Gallo says:

    They like oak leaves not the thick round ones, but the web looking leaves. I had to try many different leaves but they really chewed up the oak leaves.

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