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Old 09-12-2019, 07:41 AM   #1
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what caterpillar is this?


We are up in coastal Maine on a vacation and this guy visited our outdoor table. The waitress said it was a caterpillar for butterfly that likes the nearby flowers. Anyone know what it is? Sorry, the focus isn't the best on the little beastie.
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Re: what caterpillar is this?


This is the closest I could find.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/541

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Old 09-12-2019, 11:18 AM   #3
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OUCH ~ that one, or one very close to it, was on our local news
a few weeks ago about how cute it is - but when handled, can
impart a very painful sting from the venomous fuzz on its body.
when in doubt - don't mess with it.

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Old 09-12-2019, 11:57 AM   #4
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We do have a brown tailed moth here in Maine that can be a problem with its hairs when released, but it looks nothing like the picture posted.

However, I also searched to see what the brown tailed adult moth actually looks like and eeek I do see them in central Maine, one recently. Just looked like a pretty white moth. Fortunately I do follow that advice of not messing with any of those type of critters, but in the future they will be toast, actually buried.

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Eek... don't touch. that was also our reaction. But the waitress casually and gently picked it up and removed it to the bushes. She must have had prior experience.
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I could find several that are similar but not exact. It looks like it could be a Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar but it looks like it has a bald spot!


https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2018/08...caterpillar-4/



Some look to be more yellow but it may be the lighting.
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By Jove, I think you've got it!

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I could find several that are similar but not exact. It looks like it could be a Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar but it looks like it has a bald spot!


https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2018/08...caterpillar-4/



Some look to be more yellow but it may be the lighting.
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