Hitched arches moth caterpillar
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, Va
September 26, 2011 9:07 pm
My husband and I wanted to share this picture of a very beautiful caterpillar that we found feeding on goldenrod yesterday in Shenandoah National Park. We were able to identify it as the hitched arches moth caterpillar through the BugGuide. We have never seen anything like it.
With the onset of autumn, our mailbox is filling with caterpillar identification requests and spider identification requests. Thanks so much for taking the time to self identify your Hitched Arches Caterpillar, Melanchra adjuncta, and also for taking the time to email the photo to our website. BugGuide is an awesome source for insect identifications.