Subject: Looks like an Alien!
Location: Near Toledo Ohio
October 6, 2015 7:44 am
I saw two of these on the door to my gym. Very cool looking, and bright colored. Can you tell me what this is?
Signature: Mikala24

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Mikala24,
This is either a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia leucostigma, or a closely related species in the same genus.  According to BugGuide:  “CAUTION: Avoid handling the caterpillar, as its hair is known to cause allergic reactions, especially in areas of the body with sensitive skin (e.g. back, stomach, inner arms). Seek medical treatment if a severe reaction occurs.”

Location: Toledo, Ohio

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