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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).

Spilosoma virginica: Virginia Tiger Moth

Virginia Tiger Moth, Spilosoma virginica,

I think. Adult moth in the first comment.

The agreeable tiger moth (Spilosoma congrua) is one of three species of white tiger moth which are common in the United States. It has pronounced black eyes, white abdomen, and orange "bib" which set it apart from its cousin the Virginia tiger moth. Like its cousin, it tents its wings when as at rest. Length is 2cm (25⁄32in) from wing tip to head. On my home in Fairfield Harbour, NC. Info from

Virginia Tiger Moth, Spilosoma virginica

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.

Not sure of the ID, but I liked the way the photo turned out so I decided to post it. Don't know the plant he's on (Blackberry?) but I found others feeding on tall grass. The caterpillar's head is to the left of the frame.


The Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillar is the larva of the Virginia Tiger Moth.


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12 Sep 2020, Cayce, SC, USA.

Yellow bear caterpillar....


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While deadheading some flowers in our garden I almost tossed this guy into the recycling bin. But instead took a few series of photos. Very cooperative and did not move during the photo shoot! Focus stack of 12 images.


Explored: September 2, 2020

Please don't tread on me

With your boot or bicycle

Before I'm a moth

8137 – Spilosoma virginica – Virginian Tiger Moth

Long Island, NY

This was taken in my backyard. This fuzzy creature was eating my fern and was quite voracious.


Virginian Tiger Moth Caterpillar

We have had a few nights of killing frost, and our trip to the Point was delayed by the third day of high winds and, on this day, snow squalls just before sunrise. And yet this caterpillar forges on, preparing to overwinter. This is the latest I have seen this species, and just after the worst weather.

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!) ;)



I didn't expect this caterpillar to still be on the same Sweet Basil branch this morning. The Shamrock Orb-weaver is still living there and I'm surprised she didn't get him. These caterpillars can cause irritation to sensitive skin if touched, so maybe that is why the spider has left it alone. This little guy was covered in dew.

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

At least that is my best guess after a search on yellow caterpillars. It becomes the Virginian Tiger moth, a small white moth that is somewhat prevalent here.

I never begrudge the Virginia Tiger Moth Caterpillars their time in my garden. Usually they eat their way through the sunflowers, but this year they seem to prefer the zinnias, and particularly the flower petals (which creates orange frass). It was quite chilly and raining when I took this so the caterpillar was being very cooperative.

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

I kept a couple of these in cocoon form over the winter in one of my butterfly enclosures in our unheated garage, hoping they'd emerge this spring. And today, they both came out, looking stunning. Both have been released into our garden, close to many host plants and trees.

TMI-In The Style Of....Negative Space


I thought this caterpillar had a very scary looking face!


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

04 Oct 2016.

Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.

Found on a Chrysanthemum brought from a garden center.

Last Sunday, youngest son and his dad went fishing. When it was time to go back home, my son saw the caterpillar on the back wheel and he brought his new friend home :)....We put him on a plant ( I know it's dried up a bit :) )...anyway we made "her" a temporary home in a yogurt container, with some grass and leaves.....Next day a surprise awaited us....No caterpillar anymore but a cocoon :))....So hopefully she'll turn in to a moth in a couple of weeks and my son can release her.

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.



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Pinehurst housing development, south Everett WA USA

Love is in the air...but one must be ever-careful.

You never know when you will get Cheeto'd.

(...just havin' a little fun, at a Virginia Tiger Moth caterpillar's expense.) :)


Eastern Neck NWR

(...and, a 7-11 store on the way there.)

Kent County, Maryland

November 3, 2016

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

Burke County, GA


The common name for the caterpillar is Yellow Bear.

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