Woolly Bear Hatchlings

Subject: Some kind of larva?
Location: Lubbock, Texas.
May 9, 2015 6:19 pm
Hi.
Shortly after sunset I found this cluster right about eye level on the brick entry way to my home.
Any idea what they are?
Signature: Dan

Woollybear Hatchlings
Woollyb  Bear Hatchlings

Dear Dan,
These are hatchling Woolly Bears, the common name for caterpillars of Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae.  We cannot state for certain which species you encountered, but good candidate is the Eyed Tiger Moth or Giant Leopard Moth,
Hypercompe scribonia, and when fully grown, the Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillars are about two inches long and dark in coloration.

Woollybear Hatchlings
Woolly Bear Hatchlings

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