Bright Pink Caterpillar/Worm?
Location: Caneyville KY
August 28, 2010 2:39 pm
This little guy was found in Caneyville Kentucky. He is approximately 1-2 inches long, bright pink in color, an orangish face with two little black eyes very close together. I cannot see any legs, so I suppose this could be some sort of grub worm? Any ideas?
We knew immediately that this was a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus Heterocampa, but we needed to browse BugGuide to determine the species. We are quite confident that this is the Caterpillar of the White Blotched Heterocampa, Heterocampa umbrata, and we even found an identical color match on BugGuide. The normally green caterpillar changes color just prior to pupation.