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Photographed the Yellow Wooly Bear Caterpillar on the deck at cottage on Prout's Island on Lake Sesekinika in Grenfell Township Sesekinika in Northeastern Ontario Canada


Spilosoma virginica is a species of moth in the subfamily Arctiinae. As a caterpillar, it is known as the yellow woolly bear or yellow bear caterpillar. As an adult, it is known as the Virginia tiger moth. Wikipedia

Woolly bears are not alone. There are also yellow bears, which look and act very similarly but are, well, yellow (they can be reddish or orange, too).

Virginia Tiger Moth, Spilosoma virginica,

I think. Adult moth in the first comment.

Virginian tiger moths are the angels in the moth world as they appear pure white at rest. When they spread those wings wide open however, we get treated to those remarkable black and yellow markings on their furry abdomen. Females are laying eggs now that will become those beautiful yellow bear caterpillars we find in autumn.

I don't usually think of insects as cute, but I'll have to make an exception for this newly hatched Virginia Tiger Moth.

Spilosoma virginica (Erebidae)


As a caterpillar, it is known as the yellow woolly bear or yellow bear caterpillar. As an adult, it is known as the Virginia tiger moth.

If I had known this was to become a Virginian Tiger Moth, I would have caught it and kept it (for just ONE more picture!) ;)

Yellow bear caterpillar....


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A Yellow Bear Caterpillar makes its way along the curved edge of a cement highway barrier.

I'm not completely sure of the ID, but I think it's a Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica) caterpillar. Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Cleveland, OH

Family: Erebidae. Species: Spilosoma virginica (Fabricius, 1798). Hodges #8137. (Salem, MA)

04 Oct 2016.

Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.

Found on a Chrysanthemum brought from a garden center.

Spilosoma virginica (Virginian Tiger moth) resting on each finger. I had so many that day, and knowing just how docile they are, I decided to have some fun.

Just a quick shot I took of a moth Matt spotted on the outside of the window near our elevator as we were about to go for a ride the other day. I only had my bigger camera with me but decided to take a shot of it for kicks.

I believe this is a Virginian Tiger moth:


Another moth found in our state looks similar, though...the Fall Webworm moth:

Anyway, just posting for the heck of it.



For quite a while I've not been getting as much enjoyment on Flickr as I have in the past and all the stuff going on in the world and here at home is making me not as interested in I think I'll just pop in once in a while.

Please know that I thoroughly enjoy seeing your beautiful pix and have appreciated all the compliments on my pix over the years. :)

Pinehurst housing development, south Everett WA USA

Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar (Spilosoma virginica) - Penny Lane, Penny Lake Preserve, Boothbay Harbor, Maine


a.k.a. Spiky-boy


Hold on there tiger,

Tiger moths can often cause a painful/itchy dermatitis when touched, so the spikes are fair warning.

Pinehurst housing development, South Everett WA USA

Please don't tread on me

With your boot or bicycle

Before I'm a moth

Burke County, GA


The common name for the caterpillar is Yellow Bear.

8137 – Spilosoma virginica – Virginian Tiger Moth

Long Island, NY

Virginia tiger moth caterpillar (Spilosoma virginica)

August 27, 2019

Brownsville, Fayette County Pennsylvania

It is called Spilosoma congrua in the family of Tiger Moths. I couldn't see his neck till I let him climb on my finger.

When I first examined the photograph it reminded me of a little poodle.

He looks like he's going to start barking and wagging something any minute.

Thanks to apifera91 for the ID.


Since uploading this shot I have been told this is actually Spilosoma virginica - Virginian Tiger Moth. Perhaps I should just stick with Poodle Moth. Here are some links from bugguide:


By the way there is a moth in Venezuela that is actually called the poodle moth. See link: I now realize that it is because of this story of the real poodle moth and a link in that article to my shot that there were so many views of my photo called poodle moth.

Spilosoma virginica: Virginia Tiger Moth

Virginia Tiger Moth, Spilosoma virginica

Sur une chenille de Spilosoma virginica / On a Yellow Woolbear Moth caterpillar

Sainte-Angèle, Bécancour, Centre-du-Québec, Québec, Canada.

Taken at Rappahannock River National Wildlilfe Refuge

Yellow Bear (Spilosoma virginica). Little Falls Creek, Baltimore County, Maryland.

Whaddya mean you never really wanted to see a caterpillar face that close? :)

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Saw this on one of the plants in the garden this morning. It was covered with little droplets of rain from our lovely electrical storm we had last night. It was a doozie!


Good morning everyone. Just a single pic of my first Salt March Caterpillar of the year. Which I typically see late in the season as they become more numerous. These caterpillars can get quite large. I've seen some that were 3 inches (7.7 cm) in length, although the above individual was only about 2 inches (5 cm) long.


The Salt Marsh Caterpillar of the Acrea Moth (Estigmene acrea) is a native species found throughout the United States. Its distribution extends from Central America to Canada.


The caterpillars are densely hairy. Younger stages tend to be predominantly yellowish, but as they age they darken. However, there is wide variation on coloration from orange to nearly black. Indistinct striping may also be present. They are sometimes referred to as "woollybear" caterpillars, which is generally applied to any caterpillars in the family Arctiidae that are densely covered with hairs, but shouldn't be confused with the yellow woollybear (Spilosoma virginica) and banded woollybear (Pyrrharctia isabella).


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you're having a truly nice week.




ISO400, aperture f/8, exposure .001 second (1/640) focal length 420mm


...or known as a Yellow Bear - variation in white, and a must view in large size.


Good morning. I thought I would post something different for a change in the way of insects that don't fly with images of two different caterpillars photographed while afield photographing butterflies.


I had nearly an impossible time trying to identify the above caterpillar, but after finding two possible matches I settled on this being a Virginia Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica) caterpillar. The other possible match was a moth called The Laugher (Charadra deridens). I know, it sounds like a character in a Batman movie :-)


It's very possible I'm wrong here on this and if anyone feels that I am and has a better ID please feel free to correct me on it. One last note.....both of these caterpillars measured approximately 2 inches (5 cm) in length.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a great Friday and upcoming weekend. And for those of you in the middle of the heat wave affecting the central part of the country...please stay cool.




ISO100, aperture f/5.6, exposure .002 seconds (1/500) focal length 220mm

Yellow Wooley Bear Caterpillar.

Virginian Tiger Moth (Spilosoma virginica).

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Grayson County, Texas. 20 May 2020.

Nikon D500. Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E ED PF VR + TC-14e III teleconverter.

(420mm) f/6.3 @ 1/2000 sec. ISO 3600.

A yellow woolly bear caterpillar on an anthurium flower. This is the caterpillar stage of the Virginia tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which I found on a fuchsia plant in our garden.

Yellow woolly bear caterpillar, Virginia Tiger. Chomping away on my purple sedum, it made me think of fireworks!

Virginia Tiger Moth I found crawling around in the grass. Looks like it's ready to pupate

Pinehurst housing development, South Everett WA USA

Moths are great at hiding deep in the jungle, under leaves, behind plant stems. This showy moth had to be captured however possible. Love its markings!

I spotted this very fuzzy caterpillar crossing the park trail. My best ID guess is Spilosoma virginica - Virginian Tiger Moth, aka yellow woolly bear. Any ID confirmation or correction would be appreciated. In any case, it's a new caterpillar for my prairie Lepidoptera collection.


My best ID guess:

A very good friend of mine.


After I finished taking the basic views of this fella I tried to move him, maybe get him to open his wings to show that spotted yellow/orange abdomen. The guy wouldn't leave. Next day I was mowing the grass and there he was - had to move him. Then that night he was at my porch light again. We kinda got to be friends.


April 23, 2015

Columbia, MO

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