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Yellow caterpillar - Spilosoma virginica

Yellow caterpillar - Spilosoma virginica
Rochester, New York, USA
July 12, 2004
Is this an American Dagger Moth caterpillar. All the info on them says that they have a black head and this guy has a distinctly yellow head. Does he aquire a black head later? Right now he's about 1 1/2 inches long. I found him on a pincushion flower(scabiosa) I bought, he was eating the bloom. I now have him in a jar and he's taken a liking to the cherry leaves from a tree in my backyard.

We moved this to the guide under Spilosoma, but could you edit the picture by identifying it as a caterpillar so it shows up when one searches on caterpillars?

What to do?
John, Jane,
I don't know where I'm supposed to edit the picture to identify it as a "caterpillar". I can go in and edit the post, which has a title of "Yellow caterpillar", my identifier is "caterpillar", and it's checked as an immature. I'm more than happy to do this, but just don't understand the request.


Hair color?
Are the hairs white as appears here or yellow? Could also be a Spilosoma virginica, which is quite variable in appearance and feeds on cherry as well as many other plants and trees.

Yellow hair
His hair is definitely yellow and not white. I think you may have it right with a yellow bear. I'm trying to find some photos online that look more like mine, but yellow bear is definitely a lot closer looking than American Dagger Moth! Thanks!!!!

another pic for you...

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