Subject: Caterpillar ID help please
Location: Manzano Mtns, New Mexico
May 24, 2015 8:06 am
A friend sent me these pics of a caterpillar, asking for ID help and I have no idea what it is. Can you help? Thank you.
Signature: A. Wakefield
Dear A. Wakefield,
We originally identified your caterpillar as a Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar, Coloradia pandora, on the World’s Largest Saturniidae site, and then found a matching image on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on the leaves (“needles”) of various species of pine (Pinus). Particular host records include: Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Jeffrey pine (P. jeffreyi), lodgepole pine (P. contorta), sugar pine (P. lambertiana), pinyon pine (P. edulis), and Coulter pine (P. coulteri). Adults do not feed.”