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Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo 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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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/91330/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<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/91327/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
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Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo

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 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/91330/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91328/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth,caterpillar

Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo 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/91327/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/91328/variable_oakleaf_caterpillar_-_lochmaeus_manteo.html Geotagged,Lochmaeus manteo,Summer,United States,Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth,caterpillar,larva

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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 Mar 21, 2020. Captured Sep 15, 2019 09:55 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/99s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm