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Can u help id
August 11, 2011 3:18 PM (13 hours ago)
Any idea what these are?
Thanks
Kim Carlen

Prominent Moth Caterpillars from the genus Datana

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Caterpillar id
Location: NE Pa
August 12, 2011 3:08 pm
Can you please help id these caterpillars. They were on a blueberry bush in NE PA. Thanks for your help.
Signature: Kim Carlen

Thanks for resending Kim.  We don’t want to waste time searching North American species if the submission is from Australia, for example.  These are Prominent Moth caterpillars in the genus Datana.  Based on your location, we believe the likeliest candidate is Datana drexelii, and BugGuide indicates that Blueberry is a food plant.  The list of food plants is:  “Birch, blueberry, linden, sassafras, sourwood, and witch-hazel.”

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