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Buck Moth larva (Hemileuca maia) On a twig beneath large hardwoods in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US Buck moth,Geotagged,Hemileuca maia,Spring,United States,caterpillar,hemileuca,insect,insecta,lepidoptera,moth Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Buck Moth larva (Hemileuca maia)

On a twig beneath large hardwoods in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US

    comments (6)

  1. Nice!! You found the light form, so cool. They are endangered in CT. Posted 11 days ago
    1. Wow! Really?! I will have to look at its conservation status! I was going to post some more information later. Posted 11 days ago
      1. Yep. I think it's at least considered "threatened" in Maine. Not sure about other states. Posted 11 days ago
        1. It seems to be secure here, so that is good! Posted 11 days ago
  2. What a spotter you are! Posted 11 days ago
  3. Gosh! It's a lovely creature. But reading about it has just changed my mind lol!
    Posted 9 days ago

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The buck moth is a common insect found in oak forests, stretching in the United States from the southeast to the northeast and as far west as Texas and Kansas. It was first described by Dru Drury in 1773. The larvae typically emerge in a single generation in the spring. The larvae are covered in hollow spines that are attached to a poison sac. The poison can cause symptoms ranging from itching and burning sensations to nausea. Subspecies ''Hemileuca maia maia'' is listed as endangered in the US.. more

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Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jun 13, 2018. Captured Jun 12, 2018 04:28 in 381 Dally Cove Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/3.2
  • 1/80s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm