Invertebrates - Danny Goodding

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Crazy caterpillar

This is a white-marked tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma). The adult moth is cryptic and "dull" colors, but the larvae sure are colorful and showy!

The bright coloration is a warning to potential predators (or curious humans) that they can pack a punch when touched. People commonly have mild to severe allergic reactions if the hairs contact sensitive skin.

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