The adult moth has yellow coloring with black dots on its forewings, but pink coloring and gray dots on its hindwings.
They can be found in pastures, meadows, fields and at the sides of roads.
Its caterpillar is black with a red band in at the waist and is covered in bristles. It used to be believed that the amount of black coloration forecasted how bitter the winter would be, but it is actually related to the caterpillar's maturity. It feeds on many kinds of low-growing plants, but is not a pest on the farm or in the garden.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Woolly Bear Caterpillar Moth
Scientific Name: Isia isabella
Other Names: Banded Woolly Bear Moth
Adult Size (Length): 40mm to 50mm (1.57in to 1.97in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: yellow, brown, black, pink, red
General Description: hairy
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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