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American Dagger Moth? - Acronicta americana

American Dagger Moth? - Acronicta americana
Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, USA
November 3, 2009
Size: About 3 cm
I believe this to be an American Dagger moth caterpillar. I found him this morning and moved him into the sun, as it was chilly outside. My hand then itched all through morning lab. I come to find that if he is an American Dagger Moth, they have poisonous setae so it would only make sense that I was itchy. If anyone could reassure me that this is indeed an American Dagger moth caterpillar, that would be fantastic.

I have seen at least 5 of the American Dagger Moth Caterpillars
I live in northern east Illinois about 15 minutes from the Wisconsin border. I have seen at least 5 of the American Dagger Moth Caterpillar, 3 were very yellow and 2 were a very pale yellow. For some reason when I moved the to an area away from my railing. They seem to gravity back. How do i get rid of them.

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar
I found a yellow furry caterpillar with black spikes crawling on the side of my wall this morning 7/13/15 thought it was strange looking so i later researched it and it was a American Dagger Moth Caterpillar


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I looked it up and I would ha
I looked it up and I would have to say YES it is. This is an article I found about this moth caterpillar along with a picture.

"This is an American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana) caterpillar that I found on the side of our house. This caterpillar can range in color from yellowish to white. They are most commonly found in forests and woodlands in eastern North America, and can be found feeding on alder, American hornbeam, ash, basswood, birch, box elder, chestnut, elm, hazel, hickory, horse chestnut, maple, oak, poplar, redbud, sycamore, walnut, willow, and other woody plants."

Thank you! I appreciate it :)

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