Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Euchaetes egle)
The Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar loves feeding on its host plant as much as Monarch caterpillars, but avoid competition by choosing different stems.
The Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar becomes the Milkweed Tussock Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillar.
The Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
red; maroon; yellow; black; white; black body; yellow hairs on back; white hairs sideways; black hair tufts; stick out; furry; black head.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.