Do you know what an Orgyia Antiqua is? Well, I didn’t either, until one of my flickr contacts identified the weird insect.
It all started when I posted a photo of this insect in flickr, and requested help with the identification. It turns out it is a Rusty Tussock Mother or Vapourer, Orgyia Antiqua. After reading the Wikipedia information on the moth that my flickr contact sent me, I found out the moth was native to Euorpe but now is transcontinental. I found my specimen in St Augustine , Florida on our picnic table!
The male and female are different in coloration, I learned, The male is a brown-orange moth that flies, but the female is light grey-brown and is flightless.
Anyway, I learned something today and maybe you did, too. Now you know what a Orgyia Antiqua is and what it looks like as a caterpillar . Aren’t you glad that you found out about this one!
ps They love to eat broad-leaved trees and shrubs and can reach pest proportions…Watch out for these insects!