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Black/Yellow Spiked Caterpillar - Acronicta oblinita

Black/Yellow Spiked Caterpillar - Acronicta oblinita
Weston, Platte County, Missouri, USA
October 31, 2009
Size: 1 inch
Found near the Missouri River crawling from a wooded area thru the sand. Not much vegitation to where it was headed.

Moved from Dagger Moths.


We don't think there is any Haploa that looks like this.
Again we say Acronicta. There are some 75 species or so in North America so it may not be oblinita, but it is at least a first cousin. Please examine the images of Haploa. When you examine the details, they really don't look like this.

I agree
that Acronicta is the better match. I must say, however, that, to a non-specialist, the "details" aren't necessarily obvious and require some real scrutiny. When thinking about where to move this, I compared both genera (repeatedly), and even though I decided that Acronicta was probably correct, I couldn't bring myself to move it to genus. I decided to leave it at order level and let the lep specialists hash it out some more. :)

Moved from ID Request.

My guess
I've several photos of this caterpillar. I've identified it as a "Smartweed Caterpillar", caterpillar of the smeared dagger moth.

The Smartweed Caterpillar has
The Smartweed Caterpillar has red bristles...the black/yellow pattern is very similiar though.


Not oblinita...but...
...thanx! When I looked up that name I recognized it as another caterpillar I've found in the past with cat tails and along water ways.

That's the one

Haploa or the other one I always confuse with Haploa :-)

Think that's the guy/gal. I've seen these moths several times! Have some images in my photo folders you helped me ID 2 today! :o)

Haploa it is!

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