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Mystery caterpillar
This caterpillar is 2-1/4″ long. Feeding on goldenrod.
Carole
Maryland (Washington DC suburbs)

Brown Hooded Owlet Caterpillar

Brown Hooded Owlet Caterpillar

Hi Carole,
Your Caterpillar is a Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar, Cucullia convexipennis.  The caterpillar is much more colorful than the relatively drab moth.

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2 Responses to Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar

  1. cyndi nelson says:

    Thanks so much! I sent a similar photo to a friend of mine that I’m sure will always know the answer and he forwarded me to your site. We live in SW CO and ours were also feeding on asters. Quite stunning caterpillars. Thanks.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I got an expert opinion and she told me to kill it, that it was a tent caterpillar. I feel awful now because it wasn’t that at all. I feel so bad.

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