Caterpillar ID Needed

bob_71(z7 MD)August 12, 2010

This caterpillar has been on my Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemum purpereum) for the last five days, at least. I have searched for caterpillars of the Southern Dogface, Clouded and Orange Sulphurs for which this plant is said to be a host. None bear the least resemblance. I have searched the web and the closest I can come are a couple of Tussock moths but they are very distant relatives.

I would appreciate your help in identifying this insect.


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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

White-marked Tussock Moth is my guess. My immediate thought was that it was some sort of a Tussock Moth cat. I did some research, and it looks just like the White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar to me. Gorgeous shot BTW, and lucky you!! :o)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 4:44PM
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wow what a beautiful caterpillar!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 9:19PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Handle with care! :-)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 11:04PM
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