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Tussock moth caterpillar in Maryland - Dasychira vagans

Tussock moth caterpillar in Maryland - Dasychira vagans
Howard County, Maryland, USA
August 12, 2007
Size: 10 mm
Photo 1 of 3. I rescued this caterpillar from a spider strand on a maple tree. It was along a small stream near the Patuxent River. I think it's one of the Tussock moths, perhaps genus Dasychira. Am I on the right track? Any idea which species?

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Moved
Moved from Dasychira.

Plumed black setae,
not very numerous, so we would say vagans

I think you are on the right
I think you are on the right track. You should try seeing if you can rear it on the maple leaves (perhaps you are already). It looks like it has some growing to do.

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