Subject: FOR IDENTIFICATION
Location: Sitio Inamong, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, Philippines
November 15, 2016 4:10 am
Hi Mr. BugMan! I’d like to verify if this is a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar? Coz the 4 tufts toward the head are brown instead of the usual white tufts. Found this in a field of cogon grass. Thanks a lot!
Your caterpillar bears an uncanny resemblance to the White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Orgyia leucostigma, but because of your location and the subtle differences in color, we suspect your individual is a closely related species in the same genus. Project Noah has a dead ringer for your caterpillar posted, but alas, it is only identified to the genus level. Project Noah indicates: “The caterpillar, or larval, stage of these species often has a distinctive appearance of alternating bristles and haired projections. Like other families of moths, many Tussock Moth caterpillars have urticating hairs (often hidden among longer, softer hairs) which can cause painful reactions if they come into contact with skin.”