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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: ID on furry yellow caterpillar

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 17, 2006
3:57 AM

Post #2399580

Can anyone identify this caterpillar? I haven't been able to pinpoint it down on the internet.

I live in zone 9 - the deep south tip of Texas. I think it is some type of moth caterpillar.

It is about 3/4" long, yellow in color, furry/hairy and has several longer tufts.

I saw four of them feeding on my duranta bush. Am assuming there are more but as I can't identify it I didn't want to go snooping through the branches for more in case they are some kind of stinging cats.

~ Cat

...please see additional photos of front end and back end.

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2006
5:14 AM

Post #2399744

the closest I could find is Yellow Bear but pics don't show if it has a dark face or not like yours does. None of my books list duranta as a host food but does list woody shrubs so...

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 17, 2006
8:54 AM

Post #2399929

I thought Yellow Bear as well but these guys are a nice bright yellow.
Here's another photo of the face...there is a white "X" or something like an inverted "Y" marking on the forehead.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 17, 2006
8:59 AM

Post #2399934

...and another photo of the back end...it has two dark looking flappers? flippers? appendages?

~ Cat

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2006
1:31 PM

Post #2400329

that helps. How about one of the Tussock Moths. Closest I could come to is the Banded Tussock moth
PiggyPoo
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2006
4:45 PM

Post #2400922

LOL I don't know what the heck that is, but I sure got a giggle out of the flipper/flappers. Don't know why that hit me so funny, but it did LOL
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2006
4:52 PM

Post #2400950

It's so cute! My 7yr old came by and said "it looks like Doogal", which is a cartoon dog. lol I certainly don't know if Cat doesn't know! I'm interested tho so I might Google too.
PiggyPoo
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2006
5:46 PM

Post #2401097

I've been searching through the Whatsthatbug.com site, and also came up with a tussock. the pale tussock moth. but then i came across something else, on the page. which was The Laugher, Charadra deridens. Anyone want to look at these, they are on the 3rd page of caterpillars on whatsthatbug.com, because i am certainly no expert at this. i was just enjoying the hunt!

PiggyPoo :0)
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2006
6:56 PM

Post #2401304

I'm saying it's definitely some sort of Tussock moth but there are just so many variations. The pic on that site of the Pale TM didn't even look like other pics I Googled.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 17, 2006
9:22 PM

Post #2401703

Flippers...flappers...I still won't touch 'em :o)

I've googled everyone's suggestions...it sure does look like some type of tussock moth...am leaning toward something in the Tiger Moth family, arctiidae.

I put four of them into a cat cage...I'll keep them fed and let's see what these "Doogals" turn into.

~ Cat

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 29, 2006
4:40 AM

Post #2446110

Okie dokie...this furry yellow cat turned into this fuzzy/hairy looking cocoon.

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 29, 2006
4:43 AM

Post #2446116

...and one has since turned into this little yellow moth :o)

~ Cat

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PiggyPoo
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2006
4:46 AM

Post #2446121

Cute :)

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 29, 2006
4:59 AM

Post #2446165

...ps...haven't figured out what kind of moth it is either :o)

~ Cat
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2006
11:09 PM

Post #2448766

Is it's body furry yellow? yellowish white? I think they look like they have on little fur coats.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2006
11:44 PM

Post #2448871

is it anyone of these. This is a good moth ID site
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Files/Live/Living53.3F.shtml

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

June 30, 2006
2:55 AM

Post #2449697

I'm quite lost when it comes the little moths. I'm lucky if I can figure out what those big sphinx moths are...and truly the only one I recognize is the Pluto Sphinx and Black Witch as I've had those in my yard.

Frankly they all seem to have the same coloring after a while :o)

~ Cat
konkreteblond
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2006
3:33 AM

Post #2449853

There are only a few small moths that I recognize in my yard and I've not been fortunate enough to have Luna's or Promethea's etc.

I was looking at this site agreeing that they all look the same, and then I came to this page. Look at #11055 and 11108! Pretty little things!

http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Files/Live/Living56.5F.shtml
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2006
4:30 AM

Post #2457119

.. TexasPuddyPrint/Cat ..

Think .. that this one, may could be your lil buddy. Referred to as the Santa Anna Tussock moth (Lophocampa annulosa).

Take a look-see .. and if so; seems that these folks may be in need of some photos and additional input, also. [quote]Attributes of Lophocampa annulosa
Family: Tiger Moths and Lichen Moths (Arctiidae)
Subfamily: Tiger Moths (Arctiinae)
Identification: Not reported
Life history: Not reported
Flight: Not reported
Wing span: Not reported
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported
Adult food: Not reported
Habitat: Not reported
Range: Not reported
Conservation: Not reported[/quote]

Butterflies and Moths of North America
Occurrence maps, species accounts, checklists, and photographs
Here > http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3783

And, these sites ..
http://bugguide.net/node/view/39051/bgpage

http://www.marylandmoths.com/Html/Arctiidae/Arctiinae/Phaegopterini/Lophocampa_annulosa.html

- Magpye

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