Location: Nashville, TN
November 23, 2010 10:52 pm
I found this guy in my backyard during midsummer.
I live in Nashville, TN and someone from the forestry service asked me where I found him and what he was.
The first two photos are of the same caterpillar that is in question.
The last photo that I was told was a spiny oak caterpillar. I’m not sure how accurate that is.
Anyway, any help is appreciated!
Signature: The Bug Man
Dear Bug Man,
This caterpillar is one of the Emperor Caterpillars in the genus Asterocampa, which includes the Hackberry Emperor and the Tawny Emperor. Here is a photo of the caterpillar of a Tawny Emperor from BugGuide.