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Wooly Bear Caterpillar to Tiger Moth | by Tony Fischer Photography
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Wooly Bear Caterpillar to Tiger Moth

Found in Washington State on route 101 along the Columbia River. This interesting looking caterpillar will evolve into an attractive Tiger Moth. (From a "Bear" to a "Tiger")

 

(Arctiidae is a large and diverse family of moths with around 11,000 species found all over the world, with 6000 Neotropical species. This family includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths , which usually have bright colors, footmen (which are usually much drabber moths), lichen moths and wasp moths. Many species have 'hairy' caterpillars which are popularly known as woolly bears or woolly worms. Caterpillars may also go by the name 'tussock moths' (more usually this refers to Lymantriidae, however). (This is the "scientific talk" from wiki)

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Taken on October 18, 2008