CLOSED: Help with this catapillar.

Riverside, MD

Hi to all. I am new to these forums. In the last 3 years I finally upgraded from renting to owning my own home and now can plant fun stuff. I have a pumpkin plant growing and found a very interesting catapillar destroying A LOT of it! I am almost certain it is a "White Marked Tussok Moth Catapillar". However, the other day I came out and found what appears to be a "Mini" version of said catapillar. The next day it was gone. Wondering if any one can:
1. Verify it is a white marked tussok catapillar
2. Explain what the "mini" thing is.

I am in Maryland. Just outside of the city of Baltimore. This photo was taken on 8/5/12. Thanks to all in advance!

Jason

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Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Pretty sure its Dasychira basiflava, the yellow-based tussock moth, which I have photographed in Frederick County, MD, just 40 or 50 miles west of you.

Minot, ND

Definitely appears to be a white-marked tussock moth caterpillar - http://www.richard-seaman.com/Arthropods/Usa/Caterpillars/NorthernIllinois/WhiteMarkedTussockMothCaterpillar.jpg

The 'mini' is a shed skin from a previous instar of this caterpillar.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Oops! Looked at one of my photos, copied title of one next to it. Agree white-marked tussock moth caterpillar.

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Riverside, MD

thank you all for your help!

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