Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This striking, yellow fellow appeared on the back of a chair on the patio last September.

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

I think it’s a White Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma), a voracious species, native to the Eastern US. Don’t be tricked into touching it. The pretty little hairs are sharp and they will irritate your skin.

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