Lace-capped caterpillar (White-streaked Prominent moth) - Oligocentria lignicolor - munching out on an oak leaf in the front yard.
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Another look at the same cat.
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Freaky dog fennel flower? Diffle-wuzzie?
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Look again. It's a Camouflaged Looper, the caterpillar of the Wavy-lined Emerald moth, Synchlora aerata. It sticks flower bits to its back as it munches on the flowers of a variety of plants. If you are having trouble seeing that it is indeed a cat, click on the picture to enlarge it. The larva's head is toward my fingernail.
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Anonymous said...

Hello! I was wondering if I could have your permission to use one of your lace-capped caterpillar photos in an online newsletter this week for The Nature Musuem at Grafton in Grafton, Vermont (www.nature-museum.org). It would accompany a great article about the caterpillar by a Marlboro College biology professor emeritus. Please reply to madeline@nature-museum.org. Thank you! Great photos! --Madeline

swamp4me said...

I have sent you an email regarding your request!