Two weeks ago on Mary’s Peak in Oregon’s Coast Range, Julia and I found a couple of these caterpillars sporting a striking Halloween color scheme:
A quick internet search for “orange and black caterpillar” revealed them to be larvae of the Cinnabar Moth (Erebidae: Tyria jacobaeae), which has an equally striking adult form. Today being Halloween, I figured I’d pull together some other orange and black bugs we’ve seen recently.
A Bordered Plant Bug (Largidae: Largus) at the Oregon Dunes:
A Conchuela Bug (Pentatomidae: Chlorochroa ligata) at the UC Davis botanical garden (sitting atop a walnut leaf mined by Stigmella longisacca (Nepticulidae)):
And also at the botanical garden, a black jumping spider (Salticidae)…
…with an orange ghost face on its abdomen.