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What is this? - Polygonia interrogationis

What is this? - Polygonia interrogationis
DFW, Texas, USA
May 20, 2007
What is this? What is it going to become? And do those spikes hurt? Thanks!

No stings on these, but the look dangerous even if they're not
Looks like it was using Willow as a host plant?

Moved from Polygonia.


Spikes of some caterpillars do sting
Some caterpillars' spikes sting just like a nettle. I don't know offhand whether this is one of them.

We would say
Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis, is our best guess. See , but maybe someone from Texas can answer.

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