Subject: what is this caterpillar?
Location: bemidji, Minnesota
September 13, 2015 7:24 pm
found this little guy and am having a hard time identifying
Signature: jamie

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Jamie,
This is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar,
Acronicta americana, and we found a matching image on BugGuide to verify its identity.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of alder, ash, birch, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, walnut, willow and other deciduous trees” and “The caterpillar’s hairs can cause skin irritation.”

Location: Bemidji, Minnesota

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