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White Furcula Caterpillar - (Furcula borealis)


An unusual and long forked tail sticks straight up or straight back from the rest of the White Furcula Moth's caterpillar.


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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Notodontidae
Genus: Furcula
Species: borealis
The White Furcula Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
large; big brown head; yellow and brown; green; diamond on back; two long tails; sticking up; bristles on tails; spikes on tails; swollen; point; brown head; purple 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; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; 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 White Furcula Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)



The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the White Furcula Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America




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