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My son found this caterpillar in the garden of our Northern Virginia home. Could you tell us what it is? We’ve tried looking it up with no luck.
thank you,
Melissa Thompson

Hi Melissa,
This caterpillar is known as The Laugher, Charadra deridens. It feeds on the leaves of beeches, birches, elms, oaks, and other broadleaf trees.

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3 Responses to The Laugher

  1. lucy coward says:

    i found one i think its a laugher on a fenal plant looks like one is going into cocoon

  2. Ginger says:

    My daughter found this same caterpillar, Charadra deridens – Laugher, in our yard today. He is in the early stages (still has the pale yellowish head). Are they poisonous?

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