Location: DeLand, Forida
July 24, 2010 11:30 am
Can you tell what kind of caterpiller this is? It was found in DeLand, Florida on a Pole Bean plant in my garden on July 24, 2010.
Thank you for your help.
This is a Skipper Caterpillar in the family Hesperiidae. Skippers are butterflies, but they are often described as being a transitional family between butterflies and moths. Many Skipper Caterpillars look similar, as you can see on BugGuide. We believe it may be a Long-Tailed Skipper, Urbanus proteus, and we found a nice website called Mike’s Page that details how to raise a Long-Tailed Skipper Caterpillar by feeding it leaves from beans.
Long-tailed Skipper caterpillar sex – male or female
July 24, 2010 1:37 pm
The two orange dots just a little over half way down the back of the Long-tailed Skipper caterpillar indicate that its a male. With a few species you can tell if the larger caterpillars are male or female by these dots. Brazilian Skipper’s dots are white.
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Thanks for this wonderful tip. It is a new one for us as we didn’t think there was an easy way, other than genetic testing, to determine a male from a female caterpillar of any species. We also appreciate your compliments.