Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar
Thank you for your site. I searched many sites for close to 3 hours, and came to the conclusion my caterpillar was a Brown Hooded Owlet, though the photos I saw didn’t quite match. Thanks to Tony in Colorado, now I’m sure. My son photographed this one, also on an Aster, in southeastern Utah near Canyonlands National Park on October 1, 2005.
Ruth in New Mexico
Hi Again Ruth,
There is some degree of individual variation in markings and coloration of the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth, Cucullia convexipennis. It surely is a strikingly colored caterpillar. We love that your image shows the flower of the host plant.