caterpillar in a miami park
Location: southwest of Miami, FL
April 5, 2012 12:13 pm
Greetings from Miami. I recently photographed this caterpillar in a Miami preserve. I am a naturalist and am familiar with common caterpillars but this one was new to me. Can you provide an ID? Many thanks!!!
Signature: Jennifer in Miami
Your caterpillar is one of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Heterocampa. We cannot be certain for sure, though BugGuide has photos to help to distinguish the various species. We would guess that your individual might be a Wavy Lined Heterocampa, Heterocampa biundata, based on this photo posted to BugGuide.
Thank you so much!! AFter googling around a bit, it seems like Heterocampa are fairly variable and difficult to ID. I never would have gotten it. Thank you for your time.