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Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: Sage caterpillar ID ?

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C_A_Ivy
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2012
11:24 PM

Post #9347330

This lovely caterpillar was hiding on a Sage, Salvia greggii, at Linnaeus Teaching Garden in Tulsa, OK on Aug 30, 2012. Is this a moth or butterfly cat?

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 2, 2012
3:01 AM

Post #9347350

http://somethingscrawlinginmyhair.com/2009/09/19/angulose-prominent-caterpillar/ Look at this photo and see if it is your caterpillar. It was interesting to see how caterpillars can become pink...by eating Oak leaves that have fall color. I also read somewhere that some green cats turn pink just before pupation. I think it was one of the polyphemous moths.

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C_A_Ivy
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9348013

steadycam3, thanks for the resource. looks simillar but some differences.

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

December 10, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #9355099

Moth...but which species is hard to tell. Definitely not Polyphemus. Am leaning towards a pesky species. Many moths uses a myriad of larval hosts so it's hard to pin them down if they're not the big popular species like the sphinx or saturnids. Might try flipping through Wagner's moths of North America book. Sorry could be more helpful...you could raise it :o)
C_A_Ivy
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9355719

TexasPuddyPrint wrote:Moth...but which species is hard to tell. Definitely not Polyphemus. Am leaning towards a pesky species. Many moths uses a myriad of larval hosts so it's hard to pin them down if they're not the big popular species like the sphinx or saturnids. Might try flipping through Wagner's moths of North America book. Sorry could be more helpful...you could raise it :o)


Thanks. Next time I will try to raise it and see what I get.

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