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Zebra Caterpillar (Ceramica picta)
Location: Ancaster, Ontario
November 16, 2010 11:13 am
A hitch hiker in a potted hardy Chyrsanthemum from a garden centre, and searching through your entire archive, not a caterpillar you have on your site!
Such a lovely looking creature, but apparently it’s a real pain in the fruits and vegetables and makes a rather dull brown moth.
I guess they all can’t grow up to be monarchs!
Cheers!
Signature: Cheryl-Anne

Zebra Caterpillar

Hi again Cheryl-Anne,
You sure are keeping us supplied with nice and unusual photographs.  We haven’t many images of Zebra Caterpillars on our site, and we did a bit of research on the species.  BugGuide does not recognize the genus name
Ceramica, and the moth is identified as Melanchra picta.  Interestingly, BugGuide notes:  “adults are uncommon but larvae may be a pest.

Zebra Caterpillar

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