Subject: Tussock Moth Caterpillar
March 2, 2015 7:41 pm
I found this caterpillar crawling on my mother’s eggplant about a week ago, and as I’ve a weird interest in all kinds of creepy crawlies, I’ve made it my mission to see this guy to adulthood. He’s molted twice now and I’ve been feeding him leaves off the plant I found him on.
Through google I’ve determined that this guy is a Tussock Moth caterpillar, but I couldn’t find any images or information as to exactly what species he is and/or how the adult moth looks like. I’m attaching a few pictures of it as of 3 March 15, in hopes that you can help!
Thanks in advance!
We agree that this looks like a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus Orgyia, but we have not had any luck determining a definite species. Females in this genus are flightless, and it will be interesting to see what happens when your adult ecloses.