What’s this one?
Can you identify these caterpillars we recently found munching on an Aster plant?
We’re located in Santa Fe, NM.
Tom, Chad, Cole, Owen, and Ryan
Hi Tom, Chad, Cole, Owen, and Ryan,
Are you a Basketball Team? Your caterpillar is a Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar, most likely the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth, Cucullia convexipennis. According to BugGuide, the caterpillars feed on the leaves and flowers of asters and goldenrod. BugGuide has not received any submissions of the Brown Hooded Owlet Moth from west of the Mississippi River, so perhaps this is another closely related species in the same genus.