Friday, June 19, 2015

Hickory Tiger Moth Caterpillar

"Lophocampa" by The Tooth Fairy - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Lophocampa caryae
Food: hickory and other nut trees; ash, elm, oak willow
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No, although the tufts may cause rashes and irritate mucous membranes.
Will it destroy my garden? No. This species can sometimes defoliate trees, but it's not a major problem.

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