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Unknown fuzzy black, yellow, and orange caterpillar - Lophocampa argentata

Unknown fuzzy black, yellow, and orange caterpillar - Lophocampa argentata
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
May 31, 2009
Size: A little over 1 inch.
My boyfriend and I found this little guy next to our door frame. We live in a basement apartment outside of Seattle and our door is down a few steps and has plants on either side of it, which is why I think the caterpillar may find outside our doorway ideal protection. It is in no danger in any way by our opening and closing of the door and it hasn't moved from its spot in three days, aside from occasional adjustment to wind. As you can see in the picture it has a black body covered in striped hairs. From the center of the caterpillar's body on out, the color pattern goes from black, to a thin stripe of yellow, and then longer orange hairs around the sides. There are also two sets of black hair amongst the orange hair towards the front, and only one set towards the back. I'm not sure if it stings or not and I don't want to try to find out, but if it does wind up staying and turning into a butterfly/moth, I'm curious to find out what species it is. Thank you!

Silver Spotted Tussock Moth caterpillar
Silver Spotted Tussock Moth - Lophocampa argentata

I'm not an expert, but it looks like a match, to me anyway. :)

Thank you! Much appreciated!!
Thank you! Much appreciated!!

and yes it stings...
according to the info page here.

Thanks Lynette. Good to know.
Thanks Lynette. Good to know. I love this site!

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