Yellow Bear Crossing

Spilosoma virginicaYellow Bear caterpillar (Spilosoma virginica), a.k.a. Virginian Tiger Moth. The very long hairs here are key to identifying this species, since they can be quite variable in coloration, starting cream to yellow and darkening with age, some becoming black. We saw a few of the older ones as well on the paved trails at Fresh Kills Park Sunday.

This was the third or so annual “sneak peak” at the erstwhile landfill transforming into the city’s newest park:Fresh Kills

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