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Last summer, I discovered a sycamore tussock moth caterpillar beset by parasites that would ultimately spell its demise (see original post here).

Since that time I’ve wondered how this creature might have looked had it lived to adulthood.

Then, recently, a promising possibility came crawling up a shrub in the sycamore shade.

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The ID team at BAMONA says it could actually be one of two moths.

Sycamore tussock and banded tussock moths look so much alike that they can’t be distinguished through pictures.

Though reports of the banded tussock may be more common, our trees and annual caterpillar sightings strongly suggest the sycamore tussock.

In either case, my question about the caterpillar’s adult appearance seems settled.

Besides, according to Bug Guide, confirming the identity of one or the other requires genital dissection.

Not to worry little one.  I can live with the mystery.
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