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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA.



Where Spotted: Mt. Solon, VA (not local but you’ll still find these guys around here)
Common Name: Sycamore Tussock Moth
Scientific Name: Halysidota harrisii
Average Length: 25–35 mm

Quick Facts

  • Like many insects, sycamore tussock moth caterpillars eat just a few related plants — sycamores and plane trees — and have ended up being named after their food.
  • They eat the soft green leaf tissue and leave behind lacy leaf skeletons made of stems and veins.
  • The sycamore tussock moth produces two generations each year.
  • Though not poisonous, the hair on the larva’s body could cause itchy rashes to humans if touched with bare hands.

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Tundra at Richmond SPCA

Age:  5 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White
ID: 50917036

Are you searching for a fun, friendly and adorable family member? My name is Tundra and I’m the guy for you! I am pretty lonely here by myself, just waiting for my special someone to come along. Won’t you please take me home today?


Adopt Tundra at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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