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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.

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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.
http://handlensandbinoculars.blogspot.com/2009/01/captivating-caterpillars.html

"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."

 
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