Bumblebee Caterpillars?

Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 25, 2014


All over Wolf Ridge we have been seeing these caterpillars that have black and yellow bodies with white tufts of hair on their heads and tails.  These bumblebee looking caterpillars are the Spotted Tussock Moths, Lophocampa maculata, and are in their larvae form from July through September.  Keep an eye out for them hanging out on alder, basswood, birch, sugar maple and oak trees!
-Caitlin Cleary