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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Isabella Tiger Moth Larvae

Isabella Tiger Moth LarvaePyrrharctia isabella – also known as the Wooly Bear Caterpillar.

Often used (sort of like the groundhog) to predict the length and severity of the winter. Apparently, the more reddish on the caterpillar the longer the winter will be.

These caterpillars spend the winter buried under leaf litter at the base of a tree.

There are a multitude of different Tiger Moths and, thus, a great number of different tiger moth caterpillars. Based on the coloration (black on the ends and reddish in the middle), I believe this is the caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth.

Photo taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on October 10, 2007, in Davenport, Iowa.

Related posts:

  1. Atteva aurea – Ailanthus Webworm Moth – Hodges#2401 on Brown Eyed Susan
  2. Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) caterpillar
  3. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Buttonbush
  4. White-lined Sphinx – Hodges#7894 (Hyles lineata)
  5. Willow Sawfly Larvae – Nematus Ventralis

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Iowa at 12:01 am

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7 Responses to “Caterpillar – Isabella Tiger Moth Larva”
  1. 1
    Birdfreak Says:

    Great photo! I always loved finding these guys when I was a kid.

  2. 2
    Marvin Says:

    Looks as if you may be in for a moderately severe winter to me. :-) Nice shot of the cat.

  3. 3
    Moe Says:

    Marvin – The funny thing is I took this picture last October, and as anyone in the Midwest can tell you (including Birdfreak), our past winter was brutal. Maybe there is something to this!

  4. 4
    Tracy Says:

    can any one tell me how to take care and feed an Isabella tiger moth if so please e-mail me @ tiger_lilly2285@yahoo.com thanks

  5. 5
    Jenna Says:

    Hi, I found two of these in a row and they seemed to shrink over about a months time, I have them in a large bowl and they seem to leave little “Pellets” everywhere and I don’t know if they are poop or something else I have to change their bowl almost everyday because of this, My tree is running out of leaves, what do I do, they won’t go in their cocoon and I am starting to worry, their very fuzzy and look just like this. Please help.. What do they eat should I put more dirt (I don’t have any dirt in there yet) should I put fruit or veggies in there please help! my email is angermj20@live.siouxcityschools.com thank you!! :)

  6. 6
    Sheila Says:

    Please help: I let my daughter brought in a wooly caterpillar this fall. We feed it until it was in a cocoon and now it has hatched. It is too cold to let it go outside what should we feed it until we can let it go outside?

  7. 7
    Sheila Says:

    Please help: I let my daughter brought in a wooly caterpillar this fall. We feed it until it was in a cocoon and now it has hatched. It is too cold to let it go outside what should we feed it until we can let it go outside? sbianco46@comcast.net

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