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furry caterpillar - Megalopyge opercularis

furry caterpillar - Megalopyge opercularis
white springs (north central fl), Florida, USA
October 18, 2004
tan caterpillar with fur like animal fur.

Check Flannel Moths
This group is very similar to your specimen, but other species also have similar larvae:

Puss Caterpillar
Don't touch! They have irritating hairs. I think there may be several similar looking species, but try searching here and elsewhere for "Megalopyge" or "Megalopygidae".

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