Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 614314

Eastern buckmoth
Hemileuca maia

Observation date: September 02, 2011
Submitted by: wecanshine
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Caterpillar is about 1 1/4 inch long and skinny. Body is black/white/red. He has snowflake like hair that is somewhat spiky. My kids say he stings, but it is't very hurtfull.
Status: Resident
Verified by: jwileyrains
Verified date: September 28, 2021
Coordinator notes: It was the stinging that gave this away. H. maia (all of the Hemileuca, actually) have stinging hairs. JRains
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico