EDWARD KINSMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EDWARD KINSMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The caterpillar of Cucullia alfarata eating goldenrod. Photographed in late September in Upstate New York. The colour of this species is a warning to predators to keep away from the microscopic spines on the surface. This caterpillar is most likely toxic to birds. This species adult form is a nondescript gray moth with a wingspan of about 3cm.
Model release not required. Property release not required.