Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1231994

Virginian Tiger Moth or Yellow Woolybear Moth
Spilosoma virginica

Observation date: September 07, 2019
Submitted by: WINGSaloftinKS
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Seen on the stems of some Long-Bracted Tickseed Sunflower, which was slightly in the sun and slightly under the shade of a tree near the entrance to the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center building. Gently pulled the stem of flowers it was on forward to get a better photo, then moved them back gently---never touching the actual caterpillar, but afterwards the caterpillar started waving its head around wildly in circles, maybe 4 or 5 times-?- then settled back down and started moving along the stem. Not sure if moving the stem woke it up or being more in the light bothered it? Size: Approx. 1.75" long. Weather: 78 degrees, 68% humidity, sunny blue skies.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: September 09, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Kansas, Douglas County