A few weeks ago a friend of mine who lives nearby posted a picture on Facebook of a caterpillar like the one above. What a cool caterpillar! Was I ever jealous!
Then a few days later this one showed up at my place. So, yay! I got my own! It’s the caterpillar of the white-marked tussock moth, Orgyia leucostigma.
It has four humps of bristles on its back, two flashy “horns” on its (red) head end, and a tufted “tail.”
I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.
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