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Old 09-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #41
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Here are a few more I found today on a young Cottonwood.

4 Wriggly Wigglies!
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And a Punk Rocker!
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:36 PM   #42
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WOW.......... Wouldn't that be fun hairdo!
If only I was young all over again, lived in California and had long hair.
Any idea as to what kind it is?
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:57 PM   #43
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[QUOTE=havalotta;137945]WOW.......... Wouldn't that be fun hairdo!
If only I was young all over again, lived in California and had long hair.

I second that!

What a cool cat.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:08 PM   #44
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Here are a few more I found today on a young Cottonwood.

And a Punk Rocker!
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Ooooooo!! Recurve, I am so envious of your punk rocker caterpillar!! That guy is awesome! If I had to guess, I would say it is some kind of flannel moth caterpillar (Megalopygidae family). They will use cottonwood as a host plant. They also have 7 pairs of prolegs instead of 5. But if you count them, be careful, those cats can **sting**
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #45
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Any idea as to what kind it is?
So far my attempts to ID it have come up empty!
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #46
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I'll see if I can find that one but I doubt it......That's something I'd remember if it was in my books being so different.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #47
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TA DA.... A Spotted Apatelodes Caterpillar
Found it in two seconds flat via google under yellow caterpillar black tufts!
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Here's the adult moth... https://www.google.com/search?q=Spot...&tbm=isch&um=1
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:04 PM   #49
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Well lookie there! Thanks Hava.... Google who knew that'll teach me for using all those fancy bug id databases
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I didn't recal anything of the sort in my insect guide so I went directly to google. SOMETIMES it works if you keep trying descriptions every which way, but mostly you will find the unknowns (for instance in this case) listed only as a fuzzy yellow because they don't know what theirs is either!

ONCE in a while you luck out by clicking upon one photo after the next of like specimens until someone actually puts a "name" to their fuzzy yellow.

From there I then type "The name they think it is" into images and do a search to see if what pulls in matches up. If a ton of photos match I figure it's almost certainly correctly labeled. If not....It's back to the drawing board...... google or the guide books.
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