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Old 08-07-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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Caterpillar ID please

I saw this fellow on my yellow twig dogwood, Cornus sericea.
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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I think it's the black and yellow form of Acronicata oblinita.

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Old 08-08-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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Actually, I believe that this genus is spelled 'Acronicta'; the caterpillar is known as the smartweed caterpillar (in spite of this name, it has a very wide host plant range). Moths in this genus collectively are known as dagger moths; Acronicta oblinita is called the smeared dagger moth..
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The more that I learn about moths (admittedly little so far), the more intrigued I am. Please continue to bring them on, everyone.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:49 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:26 PM   #6
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NEWisc see my little friend?
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Milkweed - Are you sure you want this one for your buddy?
http://forsyth.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/34/CES_Venomous_Caterpillars.pdf
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:29 PM   #8
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Hairy caterpillars can be poisonous! Good to know.
Don't tell my son but I don't like to hold/touch any caterpillars. Not even woolly worms but I pretend I'm not squeamish/afraid to set a good example for my son.
But I find insect etc fascinating and love to watch them. Just don't want them on me. I'm sure they feel the same.
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