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Kensey
07-20-2010, 05:50 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?

toberah
07-20-2010, 06:00 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...

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WbyGodWV
07-25-2010, 09:48 AM
Don't suppose you got a picture to post? We get some WEIRD stuff up here... I love it. Expect for scarey ones!

rooneymom
07-25-2010, 09:56 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.

Kensey
07-26-2010, 10:40 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.

WbyGodWV
07-26-2010, 10:06 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.
CAUTION:
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


http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/images/round-green-lots-of-fuzzy-protuberances-crowned-slug-caterpillar-21302363.jpg

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

http://www.simplegiftsfarm.com/images/fuzzy-white-caterpillar-lappet-moth-caterpillar-21299759.jpg

Kensey
07-27-2010, 10:29 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.

LFE
07-29-2010, 10:59 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.

Kensey
07-29-2010, 11:47 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.

katybelle
07-29-2010, 01:47 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

Kensey
07-29-2010, 02:38 PM
That's pretty close. Do you remember what color the head was?