i found this crazy caterpillar
Location: Denton, NC
September 5, 2011 10:52 am
Hello.. while sitting outside this crazy thing came strolling by and I just had to know what it was!! Can you help?
Signature: Amanda Presker

White Blotched Heterocampa Caterpillar

Hi Amanda,
This Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Heterocampa is most likely the White Blotched Heterocampa, Heterocampa umbrata.  You can see many examples on BugGuide of similarly colored purple individuals.  This species, like many caterpillars, changes color right before pupation, and the green camouflage coloration is replaced by this stunning purple and magenta coloration.

Location: North Carolina

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