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Caterpillar on Persimmon
Hello,
Attached are two photos of a caterpillar that I found on my native persimmon tree here in eastern Pennsylvania. These pics were taken this morning, 15 July 2007. The caterpillar is about 1.5 inches long. Do you know what this is? Thanks,
Rick Stuby

Hi Rick,
We believe this to be a Saddled Prominent Caterpillar, Heterocampa guttivitta, as pictured on BugGuide.

Mr. Marlos,
Thank you for the very quick reply! I looked on Bugguide (thanks for that reference, too) at the Heterocampa guttivitta and other photos from the genus. I see a number of similarities, but I do not think that what I “have” is guttivitta. The head on mine is black, not green and there are no dark markings on the dorsal line of mine. I have attached another photo which may show that better. There is a small green-yellow X-shaped saddle on it. If you have any other ideas, please let me know. In any case, I appreciate your time and effort! Kind regards,
Rick Stuby

Caterpillars are often variable. Try these links
http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=3717021
http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/glfc-sugarbush/heterocampa-guttivatta
http://pick5.pick.uga.edu/mp/20q?search=Heterocampa+guttivitta

Thank you yet again, Mr. Marlos. I guess that it could be guttivitta. I’m tempted to put it in a jar and find out, but I don’t think I have the patience or the ability to distinguish subtle differences that are no doubt in the adults as well! I really appreciate your interest and your resources. God bless,
Rick Stuby

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