View Full Version : Furry white caterpillar?

07-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Over the weekend Kim noticed a small caterpillar dangling from a long thread attached to our porch awning. He was about half an inch or so long, with pure white hair and a reddish-brown head. I haven't seen a lot of them, just that one. What is it?

07-20-2010, 05:00 PM
We had a bunch of these Butternut Wooly Worms last year, took forever to figure out what they were since they aren't really a caterpillar...


07-25-2010, 08:48 AM
Don't suppose you got a picture to post? We get some WEIRD stuff up here... I love it. Expect for scarey ones!

07-25-2010, 08:56 AM
We used to get some fuzzy white caterpillars where I lived in upstate NY in later summer. If they're the same type be careful handling them because they would cause a rash on the kids.

07-26-2010, 09:40 AM
Don't suppose you got a picture to post?

Nope, we were on our way out and I didn't have my camera handy.

07-26-2010, 09:06 PM
The first one I found on wikipedia. The last two - and there were a few more on this site - http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/caterpillar-identification.html It was pretty cool to check out! I enjoyed this research. :)

Did it look like this? This one I found on Wikipedia - The moth Megalopyge opercularis has numerous common names, including southern flannel moth, pussy moth, puss caterpillar, tree asp, and, asp caterpillar.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/Puss_caterpillar1.jpg/250px-Puss_caterpillar1.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Puss_caterpillar1.jpg)

or this? Crowned Slug caterpillar

by: Moni

This is a photo of the Crowned Slug caterpillar. The later instars have the red dots. The adult is a moth.
These are found in the woods. Larva feed on leaves of many trees especially oak, but also cherry, hickory, maple, basswood, beech and elm. They overwinter as larva.
This is one of the stinging caterpillars - the bristles are filled with poison to defend themselves from predators.

Read more: http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/round-green-lots-of-fuzzy-protuberances-crowned-slug-caterpillar-comments.html#ixzz0uqAbQ0Pb


Or this... a fuzzy white catepillar (lappet moth)!


07-27-2010, 09:29 AM
Of those three, it looked most like the top one. It was very small and I assume not fully-grown, so I can't be sure, but I don't think its hairs were that dense.

07-29-2010, 09:59 AM
I saw a cool little white one yesterday (no photo).
What made it look cool was that it had a darker nose and the hairs on it were very fine and long.

07-29-2010, 10:47 AM
That sounds a lot like the one I saw. Mine didn't have very long hairs but they were pretty long in relation to its body size.

07-29-2010, 12:47 PM
Had a couple of these down by the river in the last month. Not sure what type they are. Was it similar to this?7230

07-29-2010, 01:38 PM
That's pretty close. Do you remember what color the head was?