caterpillar curiosity
Location: central Indiana
June 17, 2011 10:12 pm
After checking several web guides, and making it to page 90 of your caterpillar submissions, I decided to try throwing myself on your mercy, O Mighty Bug People! I found this guy as I was attacking my seriously overgrown garden area, pruning down some tree-like plants (I have no idea what plants, sorry!). He blended in so well I nearly cut him in two when I was pruning. I’m located in central Indiana, and found him today, June 17. Any ideas what he might turn into? The closest photographic match I could find was a Malaysian Fruit Piercing Moth Caterpillar, which I have a hard time believing is here in Indiana. He’s 2 1/2 to 3 inches long.
Signature: Cheers, Jamie

Underwing Caterpillar

Hi Jamie,
Your Caterpillar will eventually transform into an Underwing Moth in the genus Catocala.  They are masters of camouflage as both caterpillars and adults.  You may compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.

Underwing Caterpillar

Location: Indiana

One Response to Underwing Caterpillar

  1. eduardo lucoff says:

    Similar genus Letis.

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