FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

American dagger moth caterpillar Acronicta americana

The canny bird knows with just a glance what the world’s beauty may offer

American dagger moth caterpillars, throughout Virginia, are most often observed in areas of deciduous trees and forests, feeding on the leaves of oak, ash, elm, alder, willow and maple. This 2 inch long caterpillar will surely catch your attention! Its body is covered in bright yellow-green bristles and accented with two pairs of extra long black spines extending up from the body near the head and midsection and a single cluster extending upward from its rear. But don’t handle this caterpillar – those bristles may deliver a burning sensation, a rash, or get stuck in your skin.

Chee Kludt Ricketts American Dagger Moth Caterpillar Acrylic 12 x 12 $325


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