Fuzzy White Stinging Caterpillar with Black Spikes - Acronicta rubricoma
Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, USA April 16, 2012
We have these fuzzy white caterpillars everywhere. 23 on one tire of my Jeep alone. They are fuzzy and whitish/yellowish with black hair spikes going down the center of the back. The tip of each of the black spikes is white. The head is black. These caterpillars just suddenly appeared a few days ago. They seem to swarm in various spots around the yard.... On one tire of my Jeep and all over the bird bath today. They do sting so we are having to be very careful as we go about... I don't know if this matters but the day before we started noticing these we had dozens of Mourning Cloak Caterpillars climb our house and form chrysalises in the eaves. I would love to know what they are... I will take a better picture tomorrow....
Contributed by Megan Sanchez on 17 April, 2012 - 12:07am Last updated 30 April, 2012 - 1:24pm
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