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
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.