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Species Spilosoma virginica - Virginian Tiger Moth - Hodges#8137

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Spilosomina
Genus Spilosoma
Species virginica (Virginian Tiger Moth - Hodges#8137)
Hodges Number
8137
Other Common Names
Yellow Woolybear (caterpillar)
Yellow Wooly Bear (caterpillar)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spilosoma virginica – (Fabricius, 1798)
Diacrisia virginica - Hampson, 1901
Spilosoma congrua - Walker, 1855
Bombyx virginica - Fabricius, 1798
Size
wingspan 32-52 mm (1)
Identification
Caterpillars very variable in color - beige/yellow/dark red-brown/black. Body covered in long soft hairs (setae) of variable length - some much longer than the others (more than three body segments in length). Often one long hair in center of each tuft. Spiracles white. (2)
Range
Widespread throughout most of North America.
Season
Mature caterpillars May through November.
Food
Caterpillars feed on "many low-growing plants, and woody shrubs and trees"(2)
Life Cycle
Click on any image below to view the Life Cycle:
1. Eggs.                   2. Caterpillar.              3. Pupa.                    4. Adult
See Also
Salt Marsh Caterpillar Estigmene acrea. Caterpillars also have long soft hairs - longest hairs are concentrated at the ends of the larva, especially the rear.
Adult: S. virginica has yellow markings on the abdomen, while S. congrua's abdomen is pure white. [comment by Paul Dennehy]
Internet References
Furman.edu - images of all life stages
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.