Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Kingsland, TX
October 1, 2016 4:44 pm
Found several of these on my pride of Barbados. Curious as to what they are and if I can move them before they devour the whole thing.
Signature: Lindsay C
We found an image matching your image on the University of Maryland extension website, and it is identified as a Yellow Cutworm. When we checked BugGuide, we found an image of the Yellow Striped Armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli, and it appears to be a match to your individual. According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on many herbaceous plants, including alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, grape, grass, jimsonweed, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, pokeweed, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, watermelon, and wild onion.” You can read more about the Yellow Striped Armyworm on Featured Creatures.