Wild-Hair Caterpillar

Here is a long-haired caterpillar I photographed in Gardner Canyon last summer. I’ve been waiting to post it for months while I positively identify it, but I give up! I’m pretty sure it is a moth larvae and going by photographs I’ve come across in my research, it looks like a Gypsy Moth.  Most of the caterpillars I’ve seen are smooth and hairless. Doesn’t this guy have a crazy hairdo? It was having a munch-fest on these leaves in the early evening just after the sun had set.

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