Subject: Caterpillar identification
Location: Athens, GA
July 3, 2014 6:12 pm
Caterpillars are difficult for me to identify, even with a key. This one was found in a wooded subdivision in Northeast, GA.. (Athens area) A river with creek tributaries is close by. They seem to be more numerous this year. My friends are asking me, but I am clueless. I have answered them, “moth”.
Signature: Another Ed in Athens
One of the best clues for identifying caterpillars is knowing the plant upon which it was feeding. We believe this is a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar or Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Halysidota tessellaris, and you can compare your image to those posted on BugGuide.