American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

This fellow made his way across the bluestone recently. I gave him a pretty wide berth – close enough to get a photograph, far enough that his spikey hairs didn’t touch me as they are somewhat poisonous and will cause irritation.

Wikipedia reports:
Acronicta americana, the American dagger moth, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It was originally described by Thaddeus William Harris in 1841 and is native to North America.

Then, I noticed that nature had copied the pattern of his yellow starlike fur in green on the forest floor.

3 thoughts on “American Dagger Moth Caterpillar”

    1. I’ve noticed a few yellow ones lately, several white ones. Wikipedia says that they are found east of the rockies. Locally, they might only visit places with leaves they like to eat.

  1. I live in va and have seen at least a dozen of these caterpillars this year. This is the first season that I have seen them. I haven’t touched them but they have whiskers or a mustache. Kinda cute, but tons of cute things can be poisonous.

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