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Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Lophocampa caryae Caterpillar that is completely covered in black and white setae. They have black tufts along the middle of their dorsal surface, and four long black hairs (two at the front and two at the back). <br />
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Habitat: Deciduous forest Fall,Geotagged,Hickory tussock moth,Lophocampa caryae,United States,caterpillar Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Lophocampa caryae

Caterpillar that is completely covered in black and white setae. They have black tufts along the middle of their dorsal surface, and four long black hairs (two at the front and two at the back).

Habitat: Deciduous forest

    comments (4)

  1. A beauty! Posted 7 days ago
    1. Thanks, and it was moving so fast that I wondered if it was late for something ;P. Posted 7 days ago
  2. I just saw this guy in a major hurry when I walked down the driveway today!
    Banded Tussock Moth Larva (Halysidota tessellaris) At the disturbed edge of a dense mixed forest.  Banded tussock moth,Fall,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,United States
    Posted 7 days ago
    1. Maybe they were on their way to a tussock caterpillar dinner party... Posted 7 days ago

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''Lophocampa caryae'', the hickory tussock moth or hickory halisidota, is a moth in the family Arctiidae. Like most species in its family, the caterpillars acquire chemical defenses from their host plants. The behaviour and aposematic coloration of the larvae also suggests chemical protection in this stage, although they have not been analyzed for alkaloid or cardenolide content.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Oct 6, 2019. Captured Oct 6, 2019 10:50 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm