Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Subject: Catapillar
Location: Houston tx
April 3, 2016 8:34 am
What is its name
Signature: Bryan

Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Bryan,
This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar, most likely a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar, also known as the Rusty Vapor Moth.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars are recognized by the bright red head and broad black stripe along the back flanked by a yellow stripe each side. Two red glands on sixth and seventh abdominal segments, and four tufts of hairs (which may be white, gray or yellowish) on the first four abdominal segments are common to several members of the genus.   CAUTION: Contact with hairs may cause an allergic reaction.”

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