Butterflies and Moths     

Southern Tussock Moth Life Cycle
Dasychira meridionalis


Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar

This is the caterpillar of the Southern Tussock Moth
Very fuzzy!
The spines are a skin irritant and should not be hand handled.
I believe he came from my Oak Tree.
I found him crawling around on my patio.

Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar


He made this cocoon on a rag I had in the back yard.

Southern Tussock Moth   Southern Tussock Moth

Here is the moth after emerging from the cocoon. 12/19/2010
So,it was cocooned for about 10 days.
This is a male.
The females have no wings!

Southern Tussock Moth

Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Dasychira meridionalis



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