Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1265230

Milkweed Tussock Moth or Milkweed Tiger Moth
Euchaetes egle

Observation date: August 01, 2020
Submitted by: jdelonga
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Sunny & hot. On milkweed plant in my yard. Were first seen on a yellow leaf; by the time I returned with my camera, the leaf had fallen to the ground with only one caterpillar remaining. I picked up the leaf to move it up onto the plant to let it crawl onto an attached leaf when I realized the remainder had already crawled up the plant and were busy eating. The lone caterpillar crawled onto a fresh leaf; interesting to watch how it sensed/smelled/rejected the grape vine entwined with the milkweed.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: August 01, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Massachusetts, Norfolk County