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Puss caterpillar? - Megalopyge opercularis

Puss caterpillar? - Megalopyge opercularis
Pinelands Natural Area, St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
July 16, 2006
Size: 3cm
On Willow.

Moved
Moved from Megalopyge.

Puss capterpillar and flannel
Puss capterpillar and flannel moth larve are two names for the same thing. See Megalopygidae in the guide. Some tropical species are quite dangerous, however inviting they look to pet.

 
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Thanks! I was careful not to touch it!
So should I put it on the species page?

 
By the long "tail" and the rusty crest,
I'd say this is the Southern Flannel Moth, Megalopyge opercularis. Wagner(1) p. 55. I suspect this one we have in the guide under M. crispata (below) is the same species - anyone agree? If so, I have to 'fess up the misidentification is my fault - but it was before we had Wagner's book to work from.


Flannel Moth Larvae
This looks likes a Flannel Moth Larvae of some type. Don't touch them though! Those hairs have a very irritating sting that cause swelling and painful rashes.

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