caterpillars and beetles
Location: Southeast Texas
April 14, 2012 10:22 am
We were on a nature hike with David Sibley, the nature guide author and artist when we were quite taken with these two lovely bugs. Help!
Signature: Curious in Houston

Salt Marsh Caterpillar

Dear Curious in Houston,
Your Caterpillar is a Tiger Moth Caterpillar, sometimes called a Woolly Bear.  We believe it is a Salt Marsh Caterpillar,
Estigmene acrea, based on photos posted to BugGuide and our most recent posting of the species is also from the Houston area.  According to BugGuide, they are general feeders and:  “Larvae feed on a wide variety of mainly weedy plants including pigweed (Amaranthus spp.), anglepod (Gonolobus spp.), Sicklepod (Cassia tora), Dog Fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium), ground cherry (Physalis spp.), and mallow (Anoda spp.), plus crops such as alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, clover, corn, cotton, lettuce, onion, pea, potato, soybean, sugarbeet, tobacco, tomato, and turnip. On rare occasions, they also feed on leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs: alder, apple, cherry, elderberry, pear, poplar, and serviceberry, according to Handfield.”  We do not recognize the plant your individual is feeding upon.  Your beetle is in the family Cerambycidae and we will try to get a species identification.

Salt Marsh Caterpillar


Location: Texas

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.