Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Hi my name is Ron and I have a natural history museum in northern California. I teach kids on the side natural history. Last evening a Montana based friend who was once in my science club, sent me your sight. I want to tell you how much I appreciate it. I looked for three species of caterpillar that I can’t ID on your sight but didn’t see any of them, but sure saw a lot of neat stuff. I would like to list my three with you in hopes of you identifying them. Thank you so much for your service.

Hi Ron,
We are only able to view one of your caterpillars, and it is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus Orgyis, but it doesn’t seem to exactly match any images on BugGuide.

3 thoughts on “Tussock Moth Caterpillar”

  1. I was just wondering… About a month ago I found a Tussock Moth Caterpillar. I live in Dubai and when I tried to identify its species I had to be sure it is a Tussock moth caterpillar. But reading about its habitat Dubai wouldn’t be its natural environment, they are common in the states and uk?, isn’t it?
    I found it in winter season over here, talking about max 29 degrees C.
    So, what I just wondered if this is special or not to find this moth out here?

  2. Sitting in the UK and had one show up in a conference room of a building with a garden in the middle of it. It definitely meets the description. The images of the Lobster Moth caterpillar look different from this guy.
    With all the stuff that moves between locations, and the similarities in environment between North America and the UK, it would not surprise me if they found there way between the two over the last 200 years.

  3. Found one in Texas (about 2 hrs southwest of Houston. It would not leave my cat alone. Everytime she moved it made a beeline for her!
    Thanks for the ID, I thought it was an asp!


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