Sunday, January 20, 2008


I found this fuzzy caterpillar at the arboretum a couple weeks ago. I think it's an acrea moth caterpillar, Estigmene acrea, also called a salt marsh moth. In spite of its bristly appearance in the photos, the fuzz is actually very soft.

I don't see these very often here, although they were common where I lived when I was a kid. So I brought it home to watch it grow.

This is the same caterpillar, after shedding its skin recently.
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