What cat is this?

flutterby64July 5, 2014

This is the weirdest looking cat I've ever seen. It's on a cyclamen. Looks like it may have eaten part of a leaf. It has just gone through a molt because the old skin is nearby. Anyone know what it is?

Dana

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It's a white marked tussock moth. It'll make a plain brown moth, but the cats are so interesting!

Sherry

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 11:37AM
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flutterby64

Thank you, Sherry! It IS very cool looking, but it freaks me out a little. The two front extensions and the tail extension remind me of a scorpion of which I am terrified. I love hand raising species I've never raised before, but I think I'll pass on this one ;)

Thanks again,
Dana

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 12:00PM
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flutterby64

Hi Sherry

I just found these tiny cats on my Purple Milkweed. I'm thinking they my be White Marked Tussock because I see long hairs on the head and tail like the later instar cat pictured above. What do you think?

Regardless of what they are, I have a dilemma. I can't let them destroy the milkweed. What should I do with them?

Thanks,
Dana

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 12:39PM
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Protego(9)

Wow. So sorry to hear this caterpillar problem. :-(

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:52PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Dana, I think they're most likely milkweed tussock moth caterpillars. This species lays masses of eggs in clusters, so the big numbers of your cats fits the ID.

Check out the link. What do you think?

Sherry

Here is a link that might be useful: Milkweed Tussock Moth Early Instar Caterpillars

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:57PM
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flutterby64

Thank you for the link, Sherry. Yes, I think you are correct.

Dana

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:25PM
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woollybear69(9b Fla.)

Two beautiful photos.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2014 at 1:35PM
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