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Orgyia leucostigma - White Marked Tussock

Orgyia leucostigma - White Marked Tussock

Harvard MA

Collected September 14th from the Oxbow region of Harvard MA. Feeding on Elm alongside an elm sphinx!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1/200s f/18.0 at 100.0mm iso100 hide exif
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Date/Time15-Sep-2009 15:09:56
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length100 mm
Exposure Time1/200 sec
ISO Equivalent100
Exposure Bias
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Metering Modemulti spot (3)
JPEG Quality
Exposure Programprogram (1)
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Sandra W 06-Sep-2017 00:10
Found one today in Middleboro, MA
It was on a small blueberry bush eating the leaves. I have never seen one before.
I found a photo of the moth it will turn into, and have never seen that either.
Thank you for the great photos.
Sandra W 06-Sep-2017 00:06
What kind of moth or butterfly will this be ?
Ali 01-Sep-2017 18:20
Found one today in Fairhaven, MA crawling on my brick fire pit grill. The caterpillar did look like it didn't have as much feathering or as healthy (perhaps sick?) as the one pictured above. I took 2 pictures with my phone as I had no idea what it was..never saw a caterpillar like this before.
SueC 16-Jul-2016 11:49
Seen two in Buzzards Bay mass week of July 11-15 2016. Great photos to help is many a caterpillars I have seen and enjoy!
Caitlin 23-Sep-2014 00:30
Why haven't I seen one before today?
Caitlin 23-Sep-2014 00:28
I found one of these on my back door today. I've never seen this type before. Is it normally in plymouth ma? 9/22/14
Kath 25-Jun-2014 00:35
We saw one of these in Lincoln, MA this week in June 2014. Thanks to your gorgeous gallery we now know what it was!
Kath 25-Jun-2014 00:35
saw one in Lincoln, MA this week! Thanks for your gorgeous gallery. Now we know what we saw!
Guest 08-Sep-2013 23:25
My daughter is looking at one now, in Dracut MA
Susan Daher 09-Jul-2013 23:48
I found one of these caterpillars in Woods Hole on July 7, 2013. It reminded me of a scorpion with the tail end sticking up and the two long black antennae.Took some photos and let it go on its merry way.
Courtney C 07-Jul-2013 22:07
Sorry, I forgot to give you my email address.
Courtney C 07-Jul-2013 22:05
Hello. I believe I saw this little catapiller today at my work in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It was on a bag of dog food a customer of mine was buying. My manager's daughter placed this beautiful catapiller in a nearby bush. I have never seen this type of catapiller before. He or she had black antenna with white squares on its back. This must be the type of catapiller I saw. It's interesting to see the type of moth it turns out to be. :) Thank you for your collection of different types of catapillers.
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