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Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I&#039;ve identified this as Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren&#039;t on wing past August in the north.<br />
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Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow<br />
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These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. So, obviously, I did not handle these.<br />
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Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow<br />
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These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin.  So, obviously, I did not handle these.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84486/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84485/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth,caterpillar" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84486/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html" title="Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3232/84486_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1574899210&Signature=8SZzvSViUf7JiqjWl%2FzINlAKdMw%3D" width="200" height="142" alt="Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I&#039;ve identified this as Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren&#039;t on wing past August in the north.<br />
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Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow<br />
<br />
These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. So, obviously, I did not handle these.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84484/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84485/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth" /></a></figure> Geotagged,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth Click/tap to enlarge

Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo

Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I've identified this as Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren't on wing past August in the north.

Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow

These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. So, obviously, I did not handle these.

Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I've identified this as  Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren't on wing past August in the north.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow<br />
<br />
These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin.  So, obviously, I did not handle these.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84486/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84485/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth,caterpillar

Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I've identified this as Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren't on wing past August in the north.<br />
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Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow<br />
<br />
These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. So, obviously, I did not handle these.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84484/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84485/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth

    comments (2)

  1. Great detail on this photo! I can't say I've seen this one before! Great job on the ID! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks :). I am actually now questioning my ID. I was reading in my caterpillar ID book that it is super hard to tell this species apart from Lochmaeus bilineata, and I'm not sure seasonality will be enough. Posted one month ago

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''Lochmaeus manteo'', the variable oakleaf caterpillar moth, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. It is found in eastern North America.

The wingspan is 37–50 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October.

The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, especially ''Quercus'' species. The larva can spray formic acid which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Sep 15, 2019. Captured Sep 15, 2019 09:54 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm