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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Anyone have a caterpiller ID book?

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Amari
Austin, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2001
1:54 AM

Post #6655

These are munching on my salvias, my water lilies, my Amazon Sword plant and one other pond plant that I can't think of the name of (it has big tasty leaves.) I'm going to have to relocate them or my plants will have no leaves left.

AnnMarie

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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


June 17, 2001
10:35 AM

Post #84021

The only one I could find in my book that looks like it is the acraea moth. The caterpillars are fuzzy like that but yours looks more black and these are actually brown. I found this link with good pictures to compare them too. http://thunder.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/Lists/woolycat.html

Amari
Austin, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2001
5:03 PM

Post #84097

Thanks poppysue! These are definately black, but your guess helped me track down that it's a Giant Leopard moth (Ecpantheria scribonia.)

http://www3.pei.sympatico.ca/oehlkew/sescribo.htm

They don't appear to be picky eaters and I'll just move them around so nothing ends up completely leafless. The Texas A&M site said that host plants include weeds :)

AnnMarie
MzMunchken
Crestview, FL
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2001
6:50 PM

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