Buckmoth Caterpillars

What are these!?
Location: Branson, MO
October 24, 2011 2:09 am
Hey, was on a hike with the fam in Branson, MO and I found these caterpillar worm looking things all over this leaf. Here’s a couple photos for ya. Hopefully you can identify them for me.
Signature: Carson

Buckmoth Caterpillars

Hi Carson,
These sure look to us like Buckmoth Caterpillars, possibly
Hemileuca maia based on this BugGuidephoto.  Your email did not indicate if this is a recent sighting.  We suspect it was earlier in the season.  Please clarify.  Was the tree an oak?  

Buckmoth Caterpillars

 

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