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Photo#693713
Virginia Tiger Moth - Spilosoma virginica

Virginia Tiger Moth - Spilosoma virginica
Roslyn Harbor/William Cullen Bryant Preserve, Nassau County, New York, USA
August 22, 2012
Size: 30 mm +/-
Maybe Yellow Bear - Virginia Tiger Moth? Plant is an ornamental Hydrangea in a formal garden adjacent to deciduous woods.

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Moved from ID Request.

I think you're correct Rich.
This looks like Spilosoma virginica. It can vary in color. It is recognized by its very soft setae of variable length. The length of the few longest setae are at least 3 times the length of the abdominal segments in which they arise. Other Spilosoma have stiffer and/or shorter setae. The fact that this individual is yellow/cream also eliminates several other Spilosoma. All this according to Wagner guide "Caterpillars of Eastern North America".

 
Thanks for your input. I'll
Thanks for your input. I'll move it over.

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