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Tolype sp. - Tolype dayi

Tolype sp. - Tolype dayi
Lucky Peak summit (5900ft) near Boise, ada County, Idaho, USA
August 5, 2010
Size: ~2"
found this on my tent! in a douglas fir forest. notice the two orange spots on one segment of the top of the body.

Images of this individual: tag all
Tolype sp. - Tolype dayi Tolype sp. (?) - Tolype dayi

Moved from Tolype.

Moved from Macromphaliinae.


Moved from ID Request.

a place to start might be the Lappet Moths
family Lasiocampidae

Caterpillars of Eastern North America describes a Larch Tolype that sounds very much like what you've got. I see that Tolype distincta occurs in your area but haven't found a description of the cat. It would be among pines. Any idea what tree it was on/by?

douglas fir
the habitat is mostly douglas fir forest with ninebark and choke cherry understory

Tolype dayi?
from Natural Resources Canada: Tolype deyi is uncommon (in Canada) and feeds on Douglas-fir in August.

"Mature larva up to 34 mm long. Head, grey with dark markings. Body, grey, mid-line of dorsum with dark diamond-like markings; transverse black and orange marking across dorsum of third thoracic segment; transverse black marking on dorsum of the fifth abdominal segment. Paired dorsal tubercles beset with long hairs on dorsum of each segment; hairy lobes along sides of body."

with the folowing photo:

photo size?
can't figure out how to shrink the photo above.

Too late now
After adding your comment, you can't edit the previous one any more. Moreover, although you give credit to Natural Resources Canada, I suspect that it could be regarded as infringement of copyright. If I were you, I would delete this image and re-post it.
You could place a link to the original image from Natural Resources, rather than copying it, when you do so.

don't seem to be able to delete it, either
Still learning this whole linking thing, was hoping it would work like the regular clickable picutres. Here is the link to the image: Tolype dayi image at Natural Resources Canada

and the link to the information page:
Tolype dayi at Natural Resources Canada

hoping I did that right this time.

OK to reproduce
I checked the info page you provided a link for and it seems to be OK to reproduce items from that site without requesting permission (see: important notices, at the bottom of that page).
You can delete your entire submission (this page), instead of frassing it, by editing it and you will see a delete button at the bottom. Then you can resubmit your image and you can add the links you just listed. It doesn't seem necessary now, but it is an option if you choose to do so.
So much to learn, so little time, sigh! ;)

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