I was totally taken by surprise to have found this cat. while working in my garden today. Could you help I.D. I've been cutting back my straying sweet autumn clematis; and found this one hiding on the wilted vine. Is it wandering off (away from its host plant) to find a place to pupate? Thanks for your help.
Caterpillar I.D. please.
Hi Lily...I'm not familiar with this caterpillar but it could be, you might want to explore the Anisota genus of moths. Their food source is Oak. Possibly species senatoria or piegleri. It's just a guess and hopefully someone more knowledgeable will show up and help out.
Thank you vitrsna, I'll do some searching. We've many kind of oaks around the area. So it could be one of those in the genus.
Could it be a Haploa clymene, larva?
Here's a link to a picture: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Caterpillars
I'm new to this forum so maybe you all know about the website that I just found. It is so cool! I was able to put in color, patterns/markings, hair, etc. and somehow there was a place to mark which state. Then I clicked on search and up this one came.
Thank you for the link Anniesfollies. That does look like the Haploa clymene larva. Wow. Thanks again. It's a beautiful moth indeed. I released the caterpillar in the garden, hopefully it will find its way back to its host plant.
Wow, that is a gorgeous moth! Im glad Texas is included in its range. I'd like to see one.
Hi Lily...this moth feeds on Eupatorium, Oak, Peach and Willow. So maybe you have one or more of these in your garden or near and can help the little guy back to a food source.
Hi vitrsna, oh yes, I've all those plant in the garden, except Eupatorium. I'm going to look and see if I can find the 'little guy' again to help back on the food source today. Many thanks.
It was a success. I found the little guy on the duranta bush that I haven't yet moved inside. So I moved it to my peach tree which has very few leaves left. I'll keep an eye out for the little one, and move it to some of the oak seedlings if need be. Thanks all for your helpful information. Happy butterfly gardening.
O, that's wonderful Lily! Congratulations to you and to the little guy. :-D The successes feel so good and help to make up for the times when things do not go so well (which feel sooo bad) so i am happy to hear your news.
I'll be rooting for you as well, Lily. I recently raised a long tailed skipper who died shortly after eclosing. That feels so bad. I hope you have better luck. That is an awesomely beautiful moth.
Thanks to both. I sure can relate to the feeling of sadness when we didn't succeed. I lost many monarch larvae this season due to some type of parasites ( I suspected) That's one reason, I'm taking a chance with mother nature....with this little one. Today, I saw the caterpillar again, only it munched away two Peach leaves....and worked its way further up the tree. :)